It ranks right up there with those great philosophical questions. Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I? What is Spam?
And that question is: Do I have to take my new (near new, or new to me) auto back to the dealer for service or repair?
The short answer is: “No” but there is a very big BUT! - The thoughtful answer is: “Yes, you probably should.” And here are three BIG reasons why:
If your vehicle is still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or an extended warranty, it simply makes sense to ensure that all replacement parts are OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and repairs are done by OEM trained auto mechanics. Later you may well be asked to prove that regular maintenance was up to OEM standards...