Mazda 3 - full service history vs full dealer service history?
I have a Mazda 3 which will be three years old in February and out of warranty. I would like to get the car serviced by an excellent local independent garage. Obviously this will mean not having a full dealer service history. How much do you think this will affect the future resale value of the car and would it make it more difficult to trade-in?
The first thing is that Mazda service history information is held centrally in Mazda's own computer data bank. So to prove subsequent services you will need to keep all detailed invoices. Boils down to if you have a decent Mazda dealer, stick with him. If you don't, find a good, technically sophisticated independent who can do the services to manufacturer spec.
Answered by Honest John on