It's the law: Things you should know about auto car repair and maintenance.

Federal law prohibits new car dealers from implying or denying warranty service because routine scheduled maintenance was performed at an independent service facility.

- Magnusen – Moss Act (1975) Title 15 – Chapter 50 Section 2301-2312.

Other frequently asked questions:

Q: My car is still under warranty; do I have to take it to the dealer for auto repairs or service?

A: No. Your obligation to the warranty contract is to service your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. As long as you are having the repair service performed by a licensed auto repair facility, you are fulfilling your end of the contract.

Q: How can I determine when my car needs to be serviced?

A: Always refer to the manufacturer’s specifications in your vehicle owner’s manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil & filter changed regularly (every 3,000 to 4,000 for regular and every 5,000 to 6,000 for synthetic). Having all the fluids inspected, including brake, power steering, transmission, transaxle, antifreeze/coolant and windshield washer play a vital roll in the safety and performance of your vehicle.

Q: Is it really necessary to service my car even though I don’t drive it that often?

A: Yes! Cars were made to be driven! Short trips and infrequent driving patterns are considered “severe conditions” and put even more wear and tear on critical components than normal driving patterns. Servicing your vehicle according to the manufactures recommendations is critical to keeping you vehicle investment safe and reliable.

Q: Isn’t it cheaper to get an oil change at a discount fast lube?

A: In the long run, no. When changing the oil we also perform a complete 30-point safety inspection, which could find problems at an early stage and save you big bucks in the future and ensure you get the most complete auto repair service. Also with newer cars, using the proper factory approved synthetic oil is crucial to long term engine durability.

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