Preventive Vehicle Maintenance

man in blue polo shirt and gray shorts sitting on yellow and black power toolIn the previous post, I talked about The Basics of Car Repair. For this post, I will focus on preventive maintenance. Would need warranties and service contracts to cover for the repairs?

What are the complications of delaying a scheduled  maintenance?

  • Car parts are connected to each other. If you choose to ignore one, it will lead more car troubles in the future. Specific car parts  or the entire system can fail if you continue on like nothing has happened.
  • Neglecting the basic maintenance such as changing the oil or checking the coolant can eventually contribute to poor vehicle unreliability and pricey breakdowns. This can also be grounds for cancelling your warranty.

What should I do to avoid expensive repairs?

  • First, you should abide by the maintenance schedule set by your car manufacturer. Check your manual for the specific schedule.
  • Meanwhile, some repair shops make their own maintenance schedules, which is more often than the manufacturer’s recommendations. You should compare it to the information indicated in owner’s manual. Ask the repair shop to explain basis for this.

Protecting Your Vehicle with Warranties and Service Contracts

Do I get a warranty and service contract? Which of these two apply to vehicle repairs?

Warranties

There is no such thing as standard warranty. That is why you should make it a point to understand what is covered in the warranty you purchased and have it written on paper.

Remember, each warranty has its own limitations, time duration, deductibles, and trusted partners to do authorized warranty work. You may need to do special procedures to get your reimbursements. So, you better check with the state Attorney General to learn more about your warranty rights. To learn more about warranty, refer to consumer.ftc.gov

Service Contracts

Aside from the warranty you get, there are also optional contracts or service contracts. You can get one from your car manufacturer or from independent companies. For you to decide what service contract to buy, here are some guidelines:

  • The cost to get a contract and the repairs it covers.
  • Whether the service contract coverage go beyond other coverages.
  • Where the car repairs are to be conducted.
  • The procedures needed to claim, or the authorizations needed to do repairs and maintenance.
  • Lastly, if whether repair costs are paid by the company to the repair shop or if you should pay it first and get reimbursed.

In any case of a dispute…

  • It is best to document all the transactions made, including the billing and repairs done. Also, don’t forget to indicate the specific dates and costs of these repairs. List the names of people who you have transacted with.
  • Talk it first with the repair shop. If talking doesn’t work,
  • Talk to the shop manager or owner first. If that doesn’t work, go to the state Attorney General  for help. It will give you an alternative resolution programs.
  • If you want, you can file a claim and an attorney is not required to do this.

To avoid any form of disputes, I urge you to choose a repair shop wisely. A + Plus Auto Glass is the preferred auto glass repair by ALL major insurance companies.