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Car service Hi Is it best to always use the manufacturer service for your car, or can you get your car serviced by your local mechanic? Thank Marian

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If you have a reputable mechanic and they follow the recommended service schedule, then using them is just as good as the dealer if not better. Also Federal regulations prevent the manufacturer from not honoring the warranty if service is done at a location other than the dealer as long as recommended servicing is followed.

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