Questions tagged [dealer]

When dealing with motor vehicles, usually refers to a business which sells/purchases vehicles to/from the public.

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Is there something the garage know that I don't?

When a garage services a car, what is the information it has access to? Obviously, by looking at the make, year, model, condition, it can already infer a lot. Using the information displayed on the ...
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Realised tyre was leaking air within 30 hours of buying the car. Should the dealer fix it for free?

Note this question is from a UK (England) perspective. I recently purchased a car (2013) from a reputable garage. Within 30 hours the TPMS was alarming. I checked the tyre and discovered it was on ...
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What is better for selling a car, inspection by dealer or highly rated local mechanic? [closed]

I am selling a car and will get the car inspected and provide the inspection results to future potential buyers. What is better for selling a car, inspection by dealer or highly rated local mechanic? ...
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OEM wheel studs don't fit my car?

I have a 2009 Kia Rio, and one of the studs for a rear wheel got broken (probably the local tire shop's fault, but it's my word against their's). I went to an auto parts store to get a replacement. ...
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Why do dealers seem to prefer to replace parts instead of repairing?

In my experience as a consumer, mechanics at dealers typically seem to prefer not to perform quick or partial fixes for certain types of work. For example: Replacing an entire wiring harness rather ...
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Is it reasonable to charge the customer $1000+ to assemble the top of the engine?

I recently have an engine overheat issue and see my previous post for details: How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars? This is an interesting follow up on that at ...
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How do Lojacks work? Are there alternatives?

So I was at a dealership recently and of course they advertised the typical Lojack. No doubt I feel these things are useful but it seems the price actually fluctuates (one dealership was selling to me ...
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Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?

I just bought a 2012 CRV. Now, it's time for an oil change. I already moved so the dealer is too far away from my house (may need half day off) and there is no other public transportation to go there. ...
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Car dealership branding their cars

Do all car dealerships brand their cars? By branding I mean putting the dealer's name usually next to the model decal on the car. I find this very annoying - I don't want to put bumper stickers on my ...
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Advantages of getting your car's oil changed at the dealer

Are there advantages go getting your car's oil changed at the dealership from which you purchased the car versus a "quick change" place like Jiffy Lube or Wal-Mart? I've used all three, and I feel the ...
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Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?

I'm wondering if the maintenance my dealer recently suggested is necessary, and if so, if it's worth it for me (a person who has technical skill but is inexperienced with auto) to undertake on my own ...
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Is it important to get “K” work done by a dealer?

Several of the line-items in my motorcycle's maintenance schedule are marked "K", for "Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki Dealer". Example items are "Brake fluid--change" and "Steering stem ...
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Dealer service records from Toyota, Honda, Mercedes Benz - don't exist?

I'm shopping for used cars at the moment, and have been considering some models from Toyota and Honda, as well as an older Mercedes Benz. Many of the cars I've seen so far have been at dealers, i.e. ...