Where Should I Get My Audi Serviced In Manchester?
The Importance Of Periodic Service
All cars need periodic service. During a service, technicians evaluate the performance of the vehicle, identify and fix problems, replace worn out parts, replenish consumables and do safety checks. Without proper service, your car will not work optimally. Worn out parts and consumables may result in poor fuel efficiency, cause safety risks or lead to expensive breakdowns.
The bottom line is that only regular service can ensure good performance, market value and a long lifespan for your car. If your vehicle is new, you must get it serviced according to the manufacturer’s specifications and schedule to keep your warranty valid. So, where should you get your Audi serviced? Is it better to go to the dealer, an Audi specialist, or just any garage?
The Problem With A Cheap Service At A Non-specialist Garage
To offer good service, especially for a high-end car like the Audi, the garage must have highly trained technicians and the right equipment. It must use high quality spares and consumables and adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines and standards. All these things are usually compromised in non-specialist garages.
1. They don’t have access to the right equipment and information
Every car maker has special tools, test equipment and procedures that are specific to their vehicles. These tools are required to download and analyse data from the car’s computer, identify occasional problems and detect inefficiencies that may not be apparent to the user. Software upgrades may also be necessary, which are likely to be available only to the dealer and specialist garages. Special service equipment is also sometimes needed to fix certain faults. Non-specialist garages also don’t enjoy the kind of technical support and information that specialists have.
2. Cheap rate usually means cheap service
The rate that the dealer charges for a particular service or repair is fixed by the manufacturer. Specialist garages are slightly cheaper, but give the same high quality service as the dealer. If a general garage offers a significantly lower rate, it’s probably too good to be true. The lower price is possible only by cutting corners and using cheaper parts and consumables. Labour costs and overheads will also be lower due to the absence of expert technicians and specialist equipment. Besides, general garages may not follow the guidelines of the manufacturer.
3. Questionable spares
During the warranty period, genuine spares must be used to keep the warranty valid. After the warranty period, either genuine or OEM spares of the same quality and performance can be used. OEM spares are slightly cheaper, but don’t compromise on compatibility, performance or quality. With general garages, you have no assurance that either of these is used. Cheap parts that they use may not be fully tested for compatibility and may not meet regulatory requirements. Their presence in your car could also void your warranty or cause problems needing expensive repairs.
Advantages Of Getting Your Car Serviced At An Audi Specialist
There are actually only two good options when it comes to servicing your Audi. You can either take it to the dealer or to an Audi specialist. Dealer service is expensive and makes sense only for free services and warranty repairs. The smart option is to take it to an Audi specialist. There are many advantages of taking your Audi to a specialist.
- They have the right information, equipment and dealer-trained technicians.
- You get a service that is as good as the dealer service at a slightly lower rate.
- They follow all the guidelines of the manufacturer.
- After the warranty period, you have the choice of either the manufacturer specified service or a superior custom service that is more suited to your vehicle and usage pattern. It could also be cheaper.
- They use genuine spares during the warranty period. After the warranty period, you have a choice of either opting for the company-provided spares or OEM spares of the same quality.
- All repairs are double-checked and the vehicle is road tested to ensure that everything is in order.
- The people are friendly and due to additional services and facilities, the service is more convenient.
If you are a proud Audi owner in Manchester, you can entrust it to us for service. We are among the top Audi specialists in Manchester. We know that you love your car and we will provide the very best service and care that it deserves. We have Audi garages in Bury and Oldham serving the whole of the Manchester area. Complete our short form below or Call us now for an appointment.
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Arranging Your Service
Drop your car off
Simply drop your car off with us between 8am and 10am and in most cases your vehicle will be ready for collection the same day between 3.30 and 5.30. Outside these hours you are welcome to park.
Wait with your car
Most servicing and repair work can be done while you wait. If this is your preference we have a superb waiting area equipped with free hot and cold drinks and a interesting viewing area where you can watch our trained technicians working on your vehicle.
If your vehicle needs to stay with us for 1 day or longer then you are able to pre-book one of our courtesy vehicles to keep you mobile.
Pick up / drop off
The ultimate hassle free solution; one of our drivers will arrange to collect your vehicle from your home or place of work at a pre-arranged time and then return your vehicle when the work is complete. Our service advisors will contact you when the vehicle arrives on site during the day to discuss the progress of the work and then advise you of the time you can expect your vehicle back. Contact our service advisors for more details.