Right choice for New Car Service
Were you aware that you have the right to choose where your vehicle is serviced, maintained and repaired, at competitive prices
Figure you might find a bargain in the end of year car sales or simply want to get your new car serviced? Here is some sound advice from Palmerston Auto Repair Centre in Palmerston.
Purchasing a new car is one of the most comprehensive investments people often make, so you need to be sure to ensure its proper upkeep. Caring for your new car goes beyond detailing the interior and keeping it sparkling with a loving weekly wash, however.
There are a few other things to consider, such as who is the best choice to service your car.
You will want to ensure it is regularly serviced by a qualified professional, to the manufacturers requirements, using high quality parts from a reputable supplier and fluids which meet the manufacturers specifications. This is not just to look after your new car, but because if these four requirements are met you will also preserve the manufacturers warranty.
Were you aware that you have the right to choose which mechanic should service your new car without voiding either the manufacturers warranty or your rights under the Consumer Guarantee
You cannot be told you must return the car to the dealership where you originally got it for service or repairs. Provided the work is performed to the manfufacturers specifications by an acceptably qualified person and uses decent quality parts and fluids, the warranty stands. You have the right to choose who services your car.
With Repco Authorised Service you can tick all the boxes. Every Palmerston Auto Repair Centre mechanic is fully qualified and Auto-Tech trained, giving them access to Australia's leading provider of automotive technical information and training. This means Palmerston Auto Repair Centre mechanics are kept fully up to date with the latest in automotive service techniques and are able to service your new car without voiding the warranty.
Repco branded parts & products are manufactured to stringent Repco quality standards, and are covered by the Repco exclusive Repco Nationwide Warranty, giving you added protection. Palmerston Auto Repair Centre will also only ever use fluids and lubricants that meet the specifications of the new car manufacturer.
If you already own a new car or are thinking of purchasing one, make sure you clearly understand where your statutory rights begin and end
Make sure you are aware of the differences between manufacturer, statutory and extended warranties to ensure you make the right choices when it comes to servicing your new car. You are automatically covered by a statutory warranty, also known as a Consumer Guarantee, under Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and this statutory protection can never be replaced by manufacturer or express warranties (which are offered by the car maker and car dealer respectively).
A lack of disclosure requirements on car dealers at the point of sale regarding these contracts can easily lead the consumer into making a choice to be bound by a long term contract without access to all of the details needed to make a properly informed decision.
So watch out for new car dealers who try to bundle “express” or “extended” warranties, often for free, when closing the deal. Much of the time these ‘add-on’ warranties may include quite specific restrictions or provisions, and often can seem very confusing. Many times these arrangements provide barely any additional benefits in excess of the consumer’s basic statutory rights and can tie the unwary buyer into a long term agreement with a specific new car dealership.
Such arrangements are very unlikely to highlight the potential negative aspects involved with taking a new car back to the dealer for service or repair. This includes how far you will need to go to get your car serviced or extra waiting times due to fewer available service locations or mechanics.