There is no shortage of independent service centres all around Malaysia, but are you getting your money’s worth with the service provided by them? Here are 5 ways you can check to ensure you’re not getting ripped off.

1. Do they use manufactures approved engine oil?

Each car uses only a particular type of engine oil, which falls under a manufacturer’s approved code. Think of it like shampoo specific to your hair type. You wouldn’t mix those up do you? It’s the same with engine oil. Make sure your engine gets the engine oil it needs, not the one the service centre is trying to sell.

2. Does the alignment reading specific to your cars make / model / year?

Every car has a particular wheel alignment setting. Applying a random, non-matching wheel alignment setting will be like making you wear rubber boots for the Viper Challenge. Not only will it be uncomfortable, it will cause unnecessary wear on your tyres.

3. Do they do a systems check?

Pretty much every new car today runs with fuel injection and has a whole host of electronic systems. An On Board Diagnostic tool or OBD will be able to tell you everything you need to know about your vehicles health. Ensure that your service centre uses such a tool and do not rely on ‘feel’ or ‘guesswork’ when diagnosing your car.

4. Cleanliness of the car, before and after

The devil is in the details. If you send your car to a service centre, look out at what type of precaution is taken to ensure your vehicle is not dirtied by technicians working on them. Simple things like seat covers and clean gloves ensure that no dirt and grime sticks on your car. That will show the level of professionalism the centre exercises.

5. At what price?

Last but not least, it all comes down to dollars and cents. Just because you expect the abovementioned service, does not mean your service should cost you as much as a Kate Spade handbag or a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.


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