“I refuse to go to a car dealership for any reason. I don’t shop for cars there and I don’t get maintenance or repairs done there. They have a reputation for charging much more than smaller auto shops.”
Or at least that’s what I thought last June when I wrote a Bargaineering post called Skip the pricey car dealership … I fixed a keyless remote myself and so can you.
I’ve changed my tune since then.
It started when I had to take my Honda to the dealership for an airbag recall.
While the car was there, they fixed the stuck sliding panel in my car’s front-seat storage compartment.
I’d tried everything to fix it myself, from coat hangers to screwdrivers to DIY videos.
The dealership fixed it at no charge.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
I wasn’t even paying them for other work.
Maybe they wanted to do something nice since it was an inconvenience to bring my car in for the recall service. Maybe they hoped to earn my future business.
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