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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-24-2018, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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First service - 6,000Km

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So, yesterday I received a call form my dealership in order to change the winter tire for the summer one. I leave the tires stored at the dealership. This morning, once my tires were exchanged and the summer tires were balanced, I had to pay a bill of 100 and something dollars (with tax). 85 bucks for service and about 15 for the tire storage.
I was fine with it, but I asked him if the first two visits were free. And the guy said: yes, to change oil.
I do not have to change oil in my car, like, ever - I said, so he said this benefit does not apply to me.
I was fine paying but I wanted to make sure that for anyone in Canada reading this, that they did not charge something they should not...
I pay so much in extended warranties (actually those are all the car payments I have, since the car was paid off by the trade-off plus the incentive)....
so, I was certain i would not pay anything until my first "real service"at 160,000 miles... guess I am mistaken...

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May be different in Canada. My "Complete Care" includes two maintenance visits within 2 years or 24,000 miles. Covers 4-wheel tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections. My "Complete Care" from Chevrolet doesn't state oil changes because someone finally figured out not to include them for the Bolt.
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I thought the first service is at 12,000km. Don’t let the dealership up sell you stuff. Apparently most dealers do this as a common practice in Toronto; follow your owner’s manual which outlines the maintenance schedule.
Good practice is to always ask over the phone what services are required for the next visit, therefore, you can level out the odds with negotiating what services you need done before taking the car in.
Learn how to say NO to those crocodiles and learn how to do some simple maintenance yourself, such as brakes, tire rotations, air filters etc. Keep the receipts of parts you buy from the parts department and write down the date and KM on it when you service your car yourself.
Have a look at page 314 in the manual it outlines the service intervals. As for the additional services, a lot of them you can do yourself like cabin filter, checking and lubricating the brake pads, tire rotation. As for the 12V battery, get a quality battery tester from amazon, I change mine every 4-5 years just to be safe. Wiper blades should be easy for anyone.
I too bought my car cash and I never let the dealer do more than what’s outlined in the manual; they do try sometimes with my other gas cars:
Dealer says: your car needs a fuel system service and your tires need nitrogen.
I tell them that I have to respectfully decline because I’m not in the mood and have no desire to disrespect you today.

Good luck!
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stealerships ..... I went in for a quick charge at one dealership in Newmarket asked me for my licence ownership and insurance says they need to write up a work order "I know I look young but **** didn't feel good being treated like a criminal". Bought a level 2 charger and haven't looked back, I think they realize its sorta the end for them with electric cars no real maintenance or service required. A gm rep emailed me "a bolt ambassador" recently asking how I enjoy my bolt. Bolt is amazing but the service from dealerships ? told about my horrible experience at the dealerships yet to hear back lol
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