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Old 10-06-2013, 08:51 PM
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Hi,

I have a 2013 RAM 1500 and I live in Austin.
I don't have time to do oil change myself or any maintenance, nevertheless I want to kepp my rAM for years and in a well maintenand state.

Should I go to one of the 5 Dodge dealership around, if yes, is there any better than other ?

Or should I find an indie garage ? Again which one is good in Austin ?

I am ready to pay a premium to have quality work so if someone is from austin with a rAM and got some advice, that will help.

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If it is quality work and you don't mind paying a premium I would just stick with your Dodge dealer. At least if you have any concerns or need any software updates you could get them taken care of at the same time. That isn't something you can have an Indie shop do.
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If it is quality work and you don't mind paying a premium I would just stick with your Dodge dealer. At least if you have any concerns or need any software updates you could get them taken care of at the same time. That isn't something you can have an Indie shop do.
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should I expect same quality from all dealership or I should try to ask around (Austin area) if one is better than others ?
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your Ram is new, i would also have the dealership do the servicing
just have it done per the Owners Manual,
except for the first oil change, many get the first one done early

the reason for using the dealership is that they keep the records for you
usually the first several oil changes are discounted by the dealership
they should be sending out a monthly flyer, if you sign up for them

if you go to a independent shop, you have to save the receipts, mark down the date & mileage, make notes on what is done, just in case there is a dispute about the maintenance with the dealership about the factory warranty provisions

after my Factory warranty had expired, i started buying my own oil at Walmart & went to a auto parts store for a good quality oil filter, i now pay the dealership about $17 to do my services

I have a old shoe box that i put ALL of my Ram invoices in
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your Ram is new, i would also have the dealership do the servicing
just have it done per the Owners Manual,
except for the first oil change, many get the first one done early

the reason for using the dealership is that they keep the records for you
usually the first several oil changes are discounted by the dealership
they should be sending out a monthly flyer, if you sign up for them

if you go to a independent shop, you have to save the receipts, mark down the date & mileage, make notes on what is done, just in case there is a dispute about the maintenance with the dealership about the factory warranty provisions

after my Factory warranty had expired, i started buying my own oil at Walmart & went to a auto parts store for a good quality oil filter, i now pay the dealership about $17 to do my services

I have a old shoe box that i put ALL of my Ram invoices in
I was planning to go to dealership with my own oil and oil filter.
I need to do the oil change this week for sure.

Is it something they dont like if you tell them what to put in the truck ?

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Here is one suggestion, works well for me. I usually just pay one of the high school kids my wife teaches to come to my house and do mine in my driveway. I watch all the details and they usually want to do a good job so the worry about the right amount of oil or if things are tightened right get done right in front of me. I pay them well for doing it and hey who doesn't need a little spending money. I buy my own oil and filters so I have everything waiting for them when they show up. Does not take long and I always get quality service. Just a thought.
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Fleole, I have heard many great things about the experienced techs over at Mac Haik CDJ in Georgetown bud. My Pops has been to several different shops when he has his 3/4 ton Cummins serviced and also claims that GTown has taken the best care of his Ram.
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