As I recently passed 20,000 miles on my 2004 Honda Civic, I decided it was time to take the car in for regular maintenance. The dealer suggests maintenance after every 7,500 miles, but I try to stretch it to every 10,000.
I go to the dealer where I bought the car in order to have maintenance done. It might be cheaper if I were to visit a local garage or Pep Boys, but I feel more comfortable with the dealer working on the car. It’s probably all psychological. Perhaps if I had some recommendations for another cheaper location, I would go with that option.
The maintenance visit cost about $230 and took less than two hours.
Updated March 5, 2014 and originally published April 4, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.