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Does anyone have opinions about taking their Volt to a dealership garage for standard maintenance services, i.e. oil changes? I've heard that dealership services tend to be higher and upsold. For the first two years the routine maintenance services were covered by the dealership. I've moved to another state and beginning to look for a place to have the maintenance service done at a local Chevrolet dealer's garage. Any thoughts for consideration?
 

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I'd call or stop in to ask what their prices are. Mine used to have specials. I haven't received filers from them in some time. I do my own oil and filter changes. Once every two years getting the car jacked up and pushing myself under the car keeps me nimble...not!:D
 

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Does anyone have opinions about taking their Volt to a dealership garage for standard maintenance services, i.e. oil changes? I've heard that dealership services tend to be higher and upsold. For the first two years the routine maintenance services were covered by the dealership. I've moved to another state and beginning to look for a place to have the maintenance service done at a local Chevrolet dealer's garage. Any thoughts for consideration?
I get all mine done there. It's only every year or two after all, and they ALWAYS have the right parts and oil.
 

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Does anyone have opinions about taking their Volt to a dealership garage for standard maintenance services, i.e. oil changes? I've heard that dealership services tend to be higher and upsold. For the first two years the routine maintenance services were covered by the dealership. I've moved to another state and beginning to look for a place to have the maintenance service done at a local Chevrolet dealer's garage. Any thoughts for consideration?
If you're in LA and close to Rydell's in Northridge, they're good for dealership service. If you have loyalty rewards apply it to the service. Otherwise ask people you know in the area for a good local mechanic, it's routine and any mechanic can do it. My second "freebie" is due by October if I decide to buy my Volt. My first Volt I serviced with my mechanics of 30 years.
 

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I take my Volt to Ed Bozarth Lone Tree for routine maintenance. It's a great way to get to know the service advisors so should something happen that isn't "read the code and fix" you'll get better service.
 

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Any maintenance not done by me is performed at the Dealership. Most are now cost competitive for routine maintenance, and it ensures updates & TAs are performed. Lets not forget that the required maintenance is very minimal as it is, and do you really want your complex, expensive to repair if damaged car serviced by the cheapest person just starting out? The Volt is one car I'd never take to a 3rd party.
 
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Any maintenance not done by me is performed at the Dealership. Most are now cost competitive for routine maintenance, and it ensures updates & TAs are performed. Lets not forget that the required maintenance is very minimal as it is, and do you really want your complex, expensive to repair if damaged car serviced by the cheapest person just starting out? The Volt is one car I'd never take to a 3rd party.
Agreed. I just had an oil and transmission fluid changed. Together they cost about $160. A little steep but I know that

1) The services were performed by people who know what they're doing - the transmission fluid was done by a trained Volt tech

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2) My dealership's service advisors all know that I appreciate their service.

The second item is just as important as the first because this means they'll also listen to me when I describe an on-going issue with the car that doesn't trigger a check engine light.
 

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Looks like some have had good service at their dealers, I’ve have not. I took my ‘18 LT for the 2/24 scheduled maint. that came with the purchase. The invoice listed 5 qts. of 19293003 oil. That part number looked odd. I googled and it comes up as 5w30. I called them and asked if they were trying to void my warrantee. They claimed the tech punched in the wrong part#. The part# I got over the phone was semi-synthetic 0w20. So who knows what they put in. I understand from this forum that GM now specs Dexos Gen2 full synthetic for the Volt so I dumped the fresh mystery oil from my pan and put in Pennzoil platinum. I will change it myself from now on or have my local wrench who lets me under the lift with him service it.
As for my free tire rotation, the TPM’s were never reprogrammed. They claimed they have interference or cosmic rays or something in their garage that sometimes interferes with the resetting. Yeah, right.
It’s not just Chevy. My old Camry had its oil changed at the local Toyota dealer. I had driven 300 miles into the mountains when I notice the puddle under the car. The drain plug was about to fall out. Luckily I was only down half a qt. when I noticed the leak.
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I couldn't tell from the invoice who the dealer was. Would you mind sharing? Thanks.
 

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My dealer sees the car so infrequently, I take it to them for the oil change, but anyone including you can change the oil.
 

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I've had good luck with my dealership. I did not purchase my 2017 volt from them, or the 2013 I had previously. I have taken my cars to a trusted independent for simple things like oil changes. However, I do take the Volt in for anything drivetrain or electronics-related - especially coolant changes. Pricing has been reasonable at both locations and they do what they are supposed to do, including special directions from me.
 

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I go to my dealer for routine maintenance, including oil changes. I figure I would give them the business and hope that they will keep the Volt specialist employed. Cost is not a factor.
 

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Does anyone have opinions about taking their Volt to a dealership garage for standard maintenance services, i.e. oil changes? I've heard that dealership services tend to be higher and upsold. For the first two years the routine maintenance services were covered by the dealership. I've moved to another state and beginning to look for a place to have the maintenance service done at a local Chevrolet dealer's garage. Any thoughts for consideration?
I almost never take my 2017 Volt to the dealer. My local mechanic can do pretty much every service item including battery coolant replacement.
 

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For anything relating to Voltec, ICE (including oil changes) or electrical/electronics issue, I would stick with the dealer. For brakes, suspension, exhaust, body work, trim, glass and everything else, I would use a reputable company that specializes in those area. They're more proficient, less expensive and actually carry more parts for that specific task.
 
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