How to Save on BMW Scheduled Maintenance
Scheduled maintenance plans are a great benefit to owning a BMW, but it’s easy to be overcharged if you aren’t careful. Following the recommended maintenance in your vehicle’s manual is always a good idea, but keep in mind that dealership mechanics receive a commission for any parts and services they sell. They can boost their commissions by sometimes suggesting work before it’s needed, so it’s always a good idea to second-guess them a bit.
You can also save a good deal by skipping the dealership altogether and taking it to a mechanic that specializes in BMW scheduled maintenance.
Only Take Warranty Repairs to Dealer
Even if you have a warranty that covers the vehicle, it likely doesn’t cover brake pads and other routine maintenance. This you’ll have to pay, and as previously mentioned, you’ll spend a lot less at a specialized shop than a dealership, which is sure to take you to the cleaners.
Review your service manual for all scheduled work according to mileage. And if they recommend additional work as part of a package, check to see if the work is actually necessary. It’s not really a savings if you are paying extra for work that is not really needed. By consulting your owner’s manual and taking your vehicle to a non-dealership specialist for work not under warranty, you should be able to save considerably.