Many people say that “your car is a member of your family”, and rightfully so. Oftentimes you exert effort in choosing your car. When you’ve bought one, you bring it home and care for it much like any member of your family. When something goes wrong, you immediately bring it to the car hospital – the vehicle service center. And just like a child it goes through regular check-ups called preventive maintenance schedules (PMS) to keep it in tip-top shape.
For some individuals, trips to the car dealer stops after the purchase of the vehicle. But especially when the dealership is also a vehicle service center, visits should continue for the purpose of PMS. For this reason, care should be taken in choosing a car dealership to deal with. If you plan to hang on to your car for years, you will surely be a regular visitor of that car dealer, and needless to say the relationship is medium to long term.
When choosing a car dealership, check the reviews not just in terms of their capacity to accommodate you when you are purchasing your car, but also in the area of car servicing. Yes, whether you like it or not, your car will need servicing. This can be preventive in nature, i.e. PMS, or corrective so as to repair a broken part or component. Also, when choosing a dealership it is best to pick one which offers a broad range of automotive related services that includes, accessories, financing, insurance, etc.
Some cars are already fully accessorized upon purchase. However, you may want additional accessories installed, or upgrades perhaps. Hence, it is to your advantage that the car dealership supplies and installs these accessories. Furthermore, the chances of your warranty being made void by the upgrade will be less if an authorized car service center does the installation.
Car financing and automotive insurance are important allied services being offered by car dealerships. Especially since the majority of buyers purchase through financing, it is an added benefit to them if the dealer can assist in vehicle financing. There are dealerships which have standing tie-ups with financing institutions, and they can help facilitate car loan transactions. Automotive insurance, on the other hand, goes with every vehicle purchase. Some types of car insurance are mandated by law, while others are required for vehicle financing purposes. Again for your convenience, you should choose a car dealership which provides, or at least facilitates this service.
So when you buy a car, choose a dealer that will stand by you through the duration of your ownership of that particular vehicle. Ideally, the dealership should provide you with the affiliated and after-sales services that you need.