The Best Time To Bring Your Car For Service

Happy Tuesday everyone. Can you believe that it is just 1 week until Christmas? If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then you can look forward to having an extra day off of work, Ha. If you still need to get a gift for a tool fan, or need a different last minute gift, check out my Holiday Tool Buying Guide. All right, let’s get into today’s topic. The BEST time to bring your car in for service.

The best time to bring your car in for service is when it is due. I think we can all agree on that. What I want to share with you all today is the best time and date to bring your car to the shop. Before we get rolling, please don’t postpone your service too long. If your due for service bring your car in.

There are several times during the year that shops are slow. At my dealer we are really slow:

  • Most of April
    This is due to tax season.
  • The week between Christmas and New Years
  • Late January
    Folks are waiting to see if they are getting a tax refund
  • The few days following most holidays
  • Any time the weather is bad

If you can plan your service for a snowy day in early April, you are gold.

You might be wondering why you want to have your car serviced when a shop is slow. The answer is simple. Slow times mean better deals for customers. If I have been standing around all day and a customer comes in needing some work. I will me more likely to toss a light bulb in for free so a customer will buy a brake job.

Service advisors and techs are always more flexible when times are slow. You might be able to haggle the price of a bill. Now if you are just in for an oil change, don’t plan on getting a discount. If you are due for a timing belt you have some room to deal. This strategy works. A customer that is willing to brave a snow storm gets the all star treatment.

What about time of day? I don’t know there is a best time of day to bring your car in for service. I can tell you there is a worst. The worst times of the day to bring your car for service are

  • Just before lunch.
    This puts the tech in a hurry to get your car done before their lunch break. A good rule is to never get in between a mechanic and food. Plus you don’t want a mechanic to rush though a service and risk forgetting something.
  • Right at the end of the day.
    The same rules for lunch apply to the end of the day. If it’s something simple, like a light bulb, don’t worry about it. But I would not recommend bringing your car with a strange dash rattle in at 5:45. That is something that needs time to fix.

I think that asking your shop or mechanic when they are slow is the best way to know. All shops are different. Some may be really busy during tax time. This is just another little trick to save some money on repairs.

What do you guys think? Is bringing your car in when a shop is slow worth the effort? Go ahead and chime in the comments and let me know what you think.

5 replies
  1. Scott
    Scott says:

    Some shops try to upsell everything when times are slow. It’s as if they’ll never see another vehicle again, and have to make a week’s pay on the only one that does come in. Just sayin’.

  2. Lourdes A. Halley
    Lourdes A. Halley says:

    Vehicle maintenance is a vital thing and I think you need to take a portion of things before getting hold of your automobile to a repair inspection. Mostly in Winter season several car problems occur. Particularly, starting trouble, engine problems, etc.. In rainy season vehicle may take more time to start due to rain water entered into the engine. In order to avoid such kind of problems, a regular servicing is good, to enjoy your each ride.

  3. Charlotte Fleet
    Charlotte Fleet says:

    I like that you mention that there are some times times of day to try and avoid getting your car serviced such as right before a shop closes. My husband mentioned noticing some liquid coming from the car. I think we should find a car servicing professional that can help us.


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