Many people don’t like the idea of going back to the car dealer where they bought their car for servicing and spare parts. The reason for this is that they think they’ll be ripped off and have to pay more than they should for new parts and that their local garage will be able to use generic parts and charge less for the labour.
This may be true, but how long will the repairs stay good? There’s a danger of paying twice at a lower price than paying once and having a repair or part that will last. For example, Honda spare parts come with a twelve month guarantee and the Honda technicians are specialists in servicing and fitting spare parts for Honda cars.
If you buy a new car, every car manufacturer and dealer will recommend that you go back to them for servicing and repairs. It’s also good for the resale value of the car if you can show a full service record and show that your Honda, for example, has had Honda original parts fitted when it needed them.
For some things in life, sticking with the supplier isn’t always necessary. For example, you buy a dress that needs altering – you can take it to a seamstress that you know and trust to do a good job. But with electrical or mechanical items, it’s the safest policy to always use the original supplier. It’s a little like your computer or phone. Would you take your iPad or Mac anywhere else to get it repaired or upgraded? Most people who have a reasonable amount of user knowledge wouldn’t know how to open up the back of their Mac, yet alone fix it. There are hundreds of people out there offering service and repair services for Mac products, but what kind of guarantee can they offer you?