Im curious how many of you will be taking C7 to your dealer for things like oil change, routine maintenance (not covered by warranty) vs going to quick oil change places or local mechanics?
I agree. Free maintenance for the first two years and a real knowledgeable Corvette mechanic (drives a Corvette himself) to do the work. What more could you ask for? Over.Glen must have a awful dealership. I have been going for over 30 years and haven ever had an issue. Silly not to take advantage of something that is paid for
I don't have a "bad dealership" - I actually have a good one but still I have seen too many rashed rims or scratches on car to let someone else do it, when I like to do my own maintenance...it's a simple as that. You trust your dealership, that a good thing for you, but not for me.I agree. Free maintenance for the first two years and a real knowledgeable Corvette mechanic (drives a Corvette himself) to do the work. What more could you ask for? Over.
Many of the newer cars use an algorithm-based formula to determine when an oil change is needed. These average from 5,000 to 7,500 miles so when you figure the average driver drives 12,000 to 15,000 miles a years it works out to about 2 oil changes each year. So on paper it looks great that manufactures offer this free 2 year service it's not a major cost for them. Plus for the dealers it's a good deal because it gets the cars into their shop to maybe find other warranty work and you into the showrooms.I'm not sure if I'm posting this under the right subject, but here it is anyways. I went to the dealer I purchased my Stingray yesterday to have the oil changed and a general overall look-see. The service adviser told me I had a 2 year maintenance agreement, but if I wanted the oil changed with only 1100 miles/2 months on it, I would have to pay for it myself.
I think there are 4 free oil changes on this program, but there are mileage and time constraints. My service advisor told me that I would be eligible for my first one at 5000 miles/6 months. I told him I don't use the car daily, and it might be 2 years before I reached 5000 miles. Of course the other option is to wait for the five months to elapse. Needless to say I didn't drop $100+ yesterday for an oil change.
Good point, mechanics are like doctors...one will cure you, another might kill youThere are some dealership technicians who are first rate, know how to diagnose problem, rather sequentially changing parts in the hope to eventually find the one causing a problem. The problem of course, if finding the right person at the right dealership. A local Corvette club can be of help in this area. For example, of the folks in our car club who do not do their own maintenance and repair, most go to a single dealership and ONLY have the same technician work on our Corvettes. When others ask us, we are happy to share that dealership's name and the technician's name. When I make an appointment, I first ask if Ken will be there on "...day," and if the answer is that he is on vacation, I schedule an appointment after his return.
Going to Glen's point, I NEVER allow any car dealership to wash my car (got burned many, many years ago with swirls and surface scratches). Before I leave the service write up area, I watch the service rep write in two inch high letters "NO WASH" on the ticket, so that not only the technician, but anyone else knows that. Call me paranoid, but I also have "Do Not Wash" signs I place in the car before I turn it over to them, one placed on the console near the shift knob, the other on the dash facing "outward."