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By Lucia on 18/04/15 | Car Care Tips

Do you need to arrange for dent repairs, or any other type or car repair? Before you do, it might help to know more about the process. Here you can find out more about some of the common misconceptions of car repairs - things that could save you time and money over the years.

5 things to know about your car 

1: You always have to use your main dealer for maintenance and repairs to keep your warranty valid

This is a common misconception. According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), it is illegal for a main dealer to invalidate your warranty because you chose to use somebody else for repairs or maintenance. You can carry out repairs yourself, or take your vehicle to a retail chain or independent company like Dentfix without affecting your warranty. However, there may be some incidents where a repair may invalidate your warranty. For example, if a mechanic from another company causes damage to your engine, your main dealer may refuse to repair the damage.

2: Cars are too complicated to service yourself

It is true that cars have become more and more complex over the years. Sensors and computers, servicing lights and fixed engine covers have made it harder for car owners to carry out repairs themselves, but it is certainly not impossible. If you grab the right manual and have the patience to understand the intricacies of your engine bay, you could save yourself a fair bit of money.

3: You cannot ignore that chip in your windscreen

If you notice any chip in your windscreen, it's important to get it repaired as quickly as possible. A chip can become a crack before you know it, and this will usually result in you needing a new windscreen. Most insurance companies will waive the cost of a small repair so that it doesn't affect your no claims bonus. Chip repairs are quick, relatively cheap and could save you a lot of money in the long run.

4: Your car manufacturer says that you need to perform regular maintenance to ensure your vehicle lasts longer

Cars are lasting longer. That is true, and they also require less maintenance than they did years ago. However, there are some areas of car repair that do need to be taken care of. Cutting back on servicing, oil changes or replacing cambelts could be costly, especially if it results in your entire engine requiring replacement. Always check the repair schedule in your owner's manual to see what your manufacturer recommends for your vehicle.

5: You can get an accurate repair quote over the phone

You can get some great deals by shopping around on your mobile phone, but it may be difficult for a garage to give you an accurate quote on car repairs without seeing and inspecting the damage first. Be very wary of a repairs centre or garage that gives you a final quote before inspecting your vehicle.

To find out more about dent and body repairs, speak to the experts here at Dentfix. We offer trustworthy service, professional advice and honest prices. Call Dentfix now on 0800 0188899.