Even if your automobile is out of warranty, your dealer's service department is the best place to have it maintained and repaired. There are many good reasons to choose a dealer over your neighborhood garage.
Vehicles built in the past two decades have become vastly more sophisticated and complex as the engineers who develop them strive to meet ever more stringent safety, fuel economy and emissions regulations. Networks of computers in vehicles manage everything, including engine and transmission systems, fuel delivery, brakes, airbags, heating and cooling and even audio systems.
Today each carmaker uses its own unique systems and proprietary technology, and understanding how it all works takes specialized, brand-specific training. In addition, maintaining, diagnosing and repairing these systems requires specialized tools and equipment. Many systems in modern vehicles are interconnected?? For example, vehicle stability management systems often comprise braking, throttle control and traction control functions?? So understanding how they all work together is critical to ensuring they all continue to work as they are designed to.
The service technicians that work at dealerships get extensive factory training and certification on a regular basis to ensure that they are thoroughly familiar with every model that automaker sells. They learn how all the systems work and how to use the proper tools keep them running.