How A Ford Dealership Service Center Will Save You Money!

Nobody likes to spend any more money than is necessary to maintain our vehicle, so when you hear the calling of a better deal on oil changes, tire rotations, and brake service, you are best to heed it! Momentarily, you might be paying a higher price at a Ford dealer service center than a small, specialist service shop, but you could easily be costing yourself more money in the long run. Lets see why.

Actual Certified and Trained Technicians

You've heard the cliche "You get what you pay for" and this is most definitely true when you're going for service. At a Ford dealer, you are serviced by technicians who are trained by Ford to know and understand Ford vehicles. As technology in vehicles advances, ongoing training becomes necessary to stay on top of the latest features. Ford-trained technicians diagnose and identify problems more quickly, compared to a small shop without access to the most up-to-date training and tools. Less time spent means lower bills. You'll pay lower labor costs when you decide to use a Ford service department.

Actual Ford Parts

As local garages try to cut labor rates, it will take them longer to diagnose and fix issues with your vehicle. Due to this, they will ALSO need to cut costs elsewhere to make up for the overhead costs. Know where they will do this? The parts they use on your vehicle. Ford dealerships only use genuine Ford quality parts while other service centers may use generic brands. When you go generic, you most likely opt out of any guarantee that you would have had by using genuine parts, meaning that when failure comes, you're stuck with the bill! In a location other than home? Doesn't matter! The Ford dealer network means you're part of a large family of Ford dealers, any one of which will have the same level of quality and expertise. You can't find that at your local garage.

Actual Ford Equipment

If you weren't going to the eye doctor to diagnose a joint problem, why would you go to a generic auto parts store or service center to diagnose what's wrong with your Ford? In order to get the most advanced diagnostics done, your local garage will probably still have to subcontract diagnostics to your Ford dealer, which will cost you more time and money. If you don't take the time to properly diagnose-or if your mechanic doesn't-then you may find small problems that turn into much larger, much more expensive roadside problems. If you spend a time taking it to the professionals, you can save it later.

Actual Resale Value

A full service history is important to get the most money for your vehicle when it comes to selling it or trading it in, but a Ford with a full Ford main dealer service history will command a better price than one without it. Don't forget about your warranty, either - if you did service outside the Ford family and did not comply with the manufacturer's guidelines, your car's warranty is invalid. You don't want to see what happens to your resale value when your car doesn't have that bumper-to-bumper confidence booster.


It's worth looking at the larger picture when you choose vehicle maintenance providers. When you go to a Ford dealer, you can know that you get the job done right the first time, by your vehicle's experts who use Ford-backed parts. Making a smart decision the first time can save you both time and money, keeping your Ford running fine for years to come.

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Directions Carol Stream, IL 60188

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  • Tuesday 7am-6pm
  • Wednesday 7am-6pm
  • Thursday 7am-6pm
  • Friday 7am-6pm
  • Saturday 7:30am-4pm
  • Sunday Closed