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Old 01-18-2016, 01:08 PM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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I am looking at buying a new Mercedes GLC300 and I have researched the dealer costs for maintenance of this car. I don't mind paying the oil change costs, but I have heard that the other maintenance services, like replacing fluids, replacing brake pads, stuff like that are 4-6 times what the same services would cost at Honda or Toyota, for example.

So if I take my car to a local German car shop for these services, does that invalidate my warranty? Does anyone know?
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Having service done at a shop other than the dealer will absolutely NOT void the manufacturers warranty. They cannot decline warranty if you added aftermarket products unles they can prove the item caused the malfunction. It's called the Magnusson-Moss act

The only way it will is if the shop screwed the work and you expect the dealer to fix it. Say they do a transmission service but use wrong fluid or did not fill it completely and it messes up the transmission and you expect dealer to repair it for free. Keep the receipts in case you need to prove that you had the service completed if warranty issues come up. Say the main crank bearings go out and they say it's due to lack of maintenance you can prove the maintenance is completed at scheduled intervals

You can also DIY the service. Just keep receipts of the items purchased fluids filters belts etc.
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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It will absolutely NOT void the warranty
Actually, it can. They'd need to prove that that's what caused the problem though. Say you went to one of those lube places and they didn't tighten the oil filter so five miles down the road it vibrated loose, dumped the oil down the highway and the engine seized. Yes, they'll deny the warranty in that case. They probably would at the dealer as well though, just more likely to get the dealer to step up and take care of the problem than you would the lube places.

See you edited that in as well, so n/m.
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Actually, it can. They'd need to prove that that's what caused the problem though. Say you went to one of those lube places and they didn't tighten the oil filter so five miles down the road it vibrated loose, dumped the oil down the highway and the engine seized. Yes, they'll deny the warranty in that case. They probably would at the dealer as well though, just more likely to get the dealer to step up and take care of the problem than you would the lube places.

See you edited that in as well, so n/m.
Yeah that's a different situation. It's not a warranty issue.
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Old 01-18-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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If work is done properly, it will not validate your warranty. Most states have laws saying that you cannot be forced to get work done at a dealer.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Having service done at a shop other than the dealer will absolutely NOT void the manufacturers warranty. They cannot decline warranty if you added aftermarket products unles they can prove the item caused the malfunction. It's called the Magnusson-Moss act
I hate it when people give into the fear that dealerships try to spread.

I know many people who bring their cars back to the dealer "because it's under warranty." I've bought a few new cars in my life and have never gone back to the dealer for anything besides recall work. I change my oil myself and will continue to do so.
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Old 01-18-2016, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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I hate it when people give into the fear that dealerships try to spread.

I know many people who bring their cars back to the dealer "because it's under warranty." I've bought a few new cars in my life and have never gone back to the dealer for anything besides recall work. I change my oil myself and will continue to do so.
My wife used to take her car to the dealer before we met and while we were dating. . But they always had a laundry list of things that were imperative or the car was going to turn into a fire engulfed death trap that was going to level half the city.
Last time I didn't do a oil change and I told her to run by the dealer. Ok got busy I forgot. At least they can do that right. They came back with needed belts, air filter and new brakes and rotors send a suggested timing belt replacement. At 30,000 miles.
BS. They were simply praying on a customer. That dealer is no longer there. I wonder why?
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:03 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Actually, it can. They'd need to prove that that's what caused the problem though. Say you went to one of those lube places and they didn't tighten the oil filter so five miles down the road it vibrated loose, dumped the oil down the highway and the engine seized. Yes, they'll deny the warranty in that case. They probably would at the dealer as well though, just more likely to get the dealer to step up and take care of the problem than you would the lube places.

See you edited that in as well, so n/m.
That's exactly what electrician said, with a different example.
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Shady Drifter
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I know many people who bring their cars back to the dealer "because it's under warranty." I've bought a few new cars in my life and have never gone back to the dealer for anything besides recall work. I change my oil myself and will continue to do so.
Isn't that the point of buying a new car, though? To be able to have work performed at the dealership? Not necessarily an oil change, but anything that requires actual work on a car?
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Old 01-18-2016, 03:08 PM
 
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Isn't that the point of buying a new car, though? To be able to have work performed at the dealership? Not necessarily an oil change, but anything that requires actual work on a car?
Huh. The only reason we buy cars at the dealership is because we have no other choice. Otherwise I would never visit a dealer
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