Just because you own a BMW doesn’t mean you’re willing to throw away your money on overpriced or unnecessary maintenance costs. Below are a few tips that can help you keep your maintenance costs down throughout the life of your vehicle.
Pay attention to the general maintenance schedule.
With BMWs, especially newer models, there is an Inspection I and Inspection II service that’s usually scheduled when the car is first sold. These are crucial, but there are other specific times when cars often go in for servicing.
It all depends on how many kilometers you put on the vehicle, but if you mention to an unscrupulous mechanic or auto repair service center in the Toronto area that you need to have it checked because it has so many kilometers on it, that can increase the bill immediately (because they can then charge for unnecessary work).
Reduce the amount of work needed.
Even if you’re bringing your BMW in for a general tune-up or checkup, there are many things you can do to reduce the amount of work the mechanic has to do. Checking all the fluids is one of them. If you check your transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant levels, and everything else, you can let the service center know you’ve recently done this and everything is topped off. That can keep them from padding the bill.
While there are some quality auto service repair shops in Toronto, especially some that specialize in BMWs, it’s still a good idea to shop around so you’re comfortable with the decision you make. The best service centers will have a great reputation and be competitive with their prices.
Avoid being a ‘yes person’.
It’s easy to just say yes to any type of work a mechanic says your BMW needs, but it’s a better idea to have them clearly explain what needs to be done, whether it’s a priority, and what would happen if you waited. An honest, reliable service technician would be more than willing to give you the right information from the beginning.
These tips can help you save money on your BMW’s maintenance costs throughout the life of your vehicle.