I wish the answer to your question was as simple. Maintenance cost of a
car over its life cycle is a costly affair, therefore most car owners
opt out of authorised service station once the car goes out of warranty.
In our opinion whilst the cost difference of maintaining the car at an
authorized service station Vs any other station is decent, however, one
should restrain from doing so. As the used car market gets more
organized, a authorized station maintained car will be valued
differently and higher than one which is maintained outside.
Plus most car manufacturers offer extended warranty right up to the 4
the year. In our opinion one should opt for maximum available warranty
for a car, even though it comes at a price. Warranty is like a
mediclaim, which one has to take and hope that one does not ever use it.
Its bought for sheer peace of mind
for any eventuality. With warranty comes need to get your car serviced
from authorized dealer only, but then these days with large gaps between
paid service, the overall burden is not too high when viewed from an
However, if you decide to get your car serviced by a non-authorised
service station, you still need to follow the service schedule and you
must ensure that the garage has necessary equipments to service today’s
ECU driven cars.