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Hey there, We all know that as per the manual it is highly recommended the vehicle service to be done by the manufacturer service team. OEM parts, Volvo specialized techs and by the book only service. However my local Bosch Car Service shop is just a block away from me, guarantee service by the manufacturer schedule and guidelines, as well parts. The only difference is the labor cost and I guess the specialized experience. However the dealer has the trend to always try to rip us off in a polite, but well know way. My ‘17 XC90 is already 55k/miles and out of warranty. I‘m now considering going with the local guys, but at this point, I was wondering about your recommendations, advice and what preferences do you have when it comes to maintenance and repairs, and why? Thanks.
 

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If you're going to go somewhere besides a dealer, I would suggest at least finding a place that specializes in Volvo if possible.

How has your dealer ripped you off?
 

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Hey there, We all know that as per the manual it is highly recommended the vehicle service to be done by the manufacturer service team. OEM parts, Volvo specialized techs and by the book only service. However my local Bosch Car Service shop is just a block away from me, guarantee service by the manufacturer schedule and guidelines, as well parts. The only difference is the labor cost and I guess the specialized experience. However the dealer has the trend to always try to rip us off in a polite, but well know way. My ‘17 XC90 is already 55k/miles and out of warranty. I‘m now considering going with the local guys, but at this point, I was wondering about your recommendations, advice and what preferences do you have when it comes to maintenance and repairs, and why? Thanks.
How complex is your powertrain?
Petrol,Diesel,Hybrid?
That is a factor to consider also because the modern Volvo’s are already as complex as they go.


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I think petrol and especially T5 is the “simpler” powertrain.
I would be careful though because if the difference is only 10%-15% you might end up with the same if not higher end cost.

Plus some dealerships offer incentives if you do maintainance there, like e.g 1 year Road Assistance.


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People here seem to worship the dealers and needlessly parting with their money. Unless you have a major repair, there's nothing special about basic maintenance that another shop can't do. It’s a car, not a spaceship. This assumes they have the information on how to do the work. If they plan to just go at it and learn as they go, that's a no.
 

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People here seem to worship the dealers and needlessly parting with their money. Unless you have a major repair, there's nothing special about basic maintenance that another shop can't do. It’s a car, not a spaceship. This assumes they have the information on how to do the work. If they plan to just go at it and learn as they go, that's a no.
The other benefit of using the dealer for routine maintenance is Volvo has been known to show goodwill for covering after warranty repairs if it's been 100% serviced by them. Not always guarentee , but you stand a better chance of getting goodwill that way.

There's a few choices for independent Volvo specialists, however none of them have a VIDA subscription. When the one I've used has to diagnose or replace something that needs VIDA, he has another guy who does mobile auto computers come by.
 
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