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The truth of the matter is that you are free to choose where your vehicle is serviced, maintained and repaired, at competitive prices

Looking for bargains in the end of year car sales or want to welcome in the new year by having your new car serviced? Here is some sound advice from Woodward's Auto Repairs in Wangaratta.

The purchasing of a new car is one of the most considerable investments many people make, so you need to make sure that you maintain it. Caring for your new car goes beyond detailing the interior and keeping it sparkling with a loving weekly wash, however.

There are a few other things to consider, such as who is the best choice to service your car.

You will want to ensure it is regularly serviced by a qualified professional, to the manufacturers requirements, using high quality parts from a reputable supplier and fluids which meet the manufacturers specifications. This is not just to look after your new car, but because if these four requirements are met you will also preserve the manufacturers warranty.

The truth of the matter is that you are free to choose the workshop to service your new car without voiding either the manufacturers warranty or your rights under the Consumer Guarantee

Car dealers are not able to force you to return the vehicle to the dealership it was purchased from for service or repairs. Provided the work is completed to the manfufacturers specifications by an adequately trained person and uses only quality parts and fluids, the warranty stands. You have the right to choose who services your car.

With Repco Authorised Service you can tick all the boxes. Every Woodward's Auto Repairs mechanic is fully qualified and Auto-Tech trained, giving them access to Australia's leading provider of automotive technical information and training. This means Woodward's Auto Repairs mechanics are kept fully up to date with the latest in automotive service techniques and are able to service your new car without voiding the warranty.

Repco branded parts & products are manufactured to stringent Repco quality standards, and are covered by the Repco exclusive Repco Nationwide Warranty, giving you added protection. Woodward's Auto Repairs will also only ever use fluids and lubricants that meet the specifications of the original manufacturer.

If you already own a new car or are thinking of purchasing one, make sure you clearly understand where your statutory rights begin and end

Make sure you are aware of the differences between express, statutory and manufacturer warranties to help you make the right choices when it comes to servicing your new car. You are automatically covered by a statutory warranty, also known as a Consumer Guarantee, under Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and this statutory protection can never be displaced by manufacturer or express warranties (which are offered by the car maker and car dealer respectively).

A lack of disclosure requirements on car dealers at the point of sale regarding these contracts can easily lead the consumer into making a choice to be bound by a long term contract without access to all of the details needed to make a properly informed decision. 

So watch out for new car dealers who try to push the incorporation of “express” or “extended” warranties, often for free, when you buy a new car. Many of these ‘added’ warranties may include quite specific restrictions or provisions, often in a language that is difficult to follow. Many times these promises provide very little additional benefits which exceed the consumer’s basic statutory rights and can tie the unwary buyer into a long term agreement with a particular new car dealership.

Such promises are very unlikely to highlight the potential negative aspects involved with taking a new car back to the dealer for service or repair. This includes how far you will be travelling to get your car serviced or an increase in waiting times due to fewer available service locations or mechanics.

 

Check out our frequently asked questions below for more information on New Car Service and warranties. If you need to know more, the AAAA website and ACCC website have some great information too.


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