I know your warranty is intact by law. What I’m saying is that if your independent tech screws something up and the dealer can prove that improper servicing was the cause, you’ll have a lot more trouble getting the Indy to pay for MB repairs. Shouldn’t be an issue if it’s a good, professional mechanic.The matter of whether a car under warranty can be maintained by third party shop while under warranty has been resolved here in the US a few years ago via a lawsuit. It can be.
The reason I ask is because the car is under warranty and because I want to make the records more unified.
Also because of the above, I am not sure that a US dealer ...can ... refuse to add a service to the car's history, based on it not being carried out by a dealer.
As far as the finances of this, this goes back to my other confusion:
Yes, there are the services A and B, but then there are other items of maintenance, that are shown in the car's maintenance schedule, but are not in the Services A and B.
And you're responsible for those too, for the warranty.
So in my case, in addition to the car being due for B, I am also due for a transmission oil change and a diff oil change.
I am fully capable of performing ALL the work of these 3 myself and willing to use genuine parts in the process.
But I feel that my case would be weak if something happens with the diff of the transmission.
I mean, at the time I bought the car, the dealer salesman correctly advised me that indy shops can perform maintenance and that even I can do oil changes.
So I'm going to split the pie like this:
B is for the independent
Transmission and diff for the dealer.
Unless I do all the work and film everything, this may be an option too.