Does a Vehicle Maintenance Service by My Local Mechanic Void The Warranty?

When you buy a new vehicle, the dealer will most probably recommend that you have all of your auto services performed by their dealership. This is because car dealerships make a lot of money from their vehicle maintenance services and repairs.

The problem is that in most cases, items like pre purchase inspections and vehicle maintenance services will cost you much more in a dealership than at an independent mechanical shop. Dealerships however, allow you to think that you will void your warranty if you do not use their services.

In part this is true, but only if you don’t go to a reputable mechanic and follow certain conditions laid down by the Federal Government. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have clearly stated that your warranty will not be voided if you go to an independent mechanic for your vehicle maintenance services – if the following three conditions are met:

  1. The person who performs the service on your car must be a qualified mechanic. Unless you are also a mechanic, if you perform your own services, then you will void your warranty. Otherwise, a qualified mechanic is legally allowed to perform vehicle maintenance services on your car without voiding the warranty.
  2. You need to have all of the services performed to the manufacturer’s specifications. This means that all of your vehicle maintenance services must be performed at the stated times and intervals or else your warranty will be void.
  3. You need to use the appropriate parts for your vehicle. This is simply common sense, but some people are under the belief that you have to use genuine parts, but this is not a condition of the warranty. The parts must just be fit for the purpose – they must be designed to do the job and meet or exceed the manufacture’s standards.

So next time you buy a new car, make sure that you have a pre purchase inspection and then if you decide to buy, don’t be hoodwinked into paying out much more than you need to the dealership. Check out your local auto mechanic shops and find a reliable mechanic to perform all your services and save yourself a lot of your hard earned money.

Local Auto Repair

Locals for Locals

A1 Automotive  has been providing Local Auto Repair to the Tweed heads (Northern Rivers) region for over 30 years. John frey 2nd generation mechanic and Nicholas Frey 3rd Generation mechanic. Through these decades we have grown and seen the local area grow.

We have built some great relationships with local businesses and people, with thousands of customer vehicles on our database for whom we happily carry out Logbook Servicing and Local Auto Repair. We are proud to be part of this community and be the modern workshop that most choose for Local Auto Repair.

Old School

Decades of knowledge with John Frey owner operator of A1 automotive and proud member of our local community. Combined with the knowledge of veteran mechanic Brendan and further bolstered by part specialist and service manager Julian we have up covered with 100 years combined automotive knowledge which enables us to accomplished just about anything including complex diagnosis and faults.

New School

Due to our time in the area, we are now lucky enough to see new generations of customers coming through.  It is a pleasure to carry out Logbook Servicing for a customer and then have their grandchildren come in for a Logbook Car Service the same week.

On our end, we also have a new generation of technicians, with John’s sons Nick  having worked in the business for over a decade. We are also proud to be training two young apprentices aswell.

This allows us the unique ability to be able to cater to the specific needs of each generation when carrying out a Logbook Car Service or Local Auto Repair – we are as comfortable repairing a 20-year-old vehicle as we are syncing your Bluetooth to a brand new car. So for everything servicing our automotive repairs please email or give us a call on 0755243411 for a free quote or estimate.