Dorsett Nissan Service Center

Self-Taught Versus Certified Service

When selecting a shop for repairs or maintenance for your Nissan the question of self-taught (or independent) shops versus a certified service center is an important one. These two types of shops differ in several ways and understanding these differences is necessary for making an informed choice for your Nissan servicing. These differences include the following.


Independent vs Certified Service

  • Certifications: certification by an auto manufacturer like Nissan requires that a shops’ technicians meet certain standards of performance. When dealing with a certified tech you know to expect a baseline level of skill with an independent shop you cannot know how skillful or knowledgeable they are when working on Nissan cars.
  • Parts: certified shops make use of OEM parts that meet the standards for installation and use by your automotive manufacturer. Independent shops often use third party parts that are not designed to meet such specifics.
  • Standards: as noted above many independent shops are not certified by Nissan or other car companies. This lack of certification means there are no independent third-party standards for repairs and any issues that can arise. For example, while many certified shops come with warranties backed by the manufacturer an independent shop’s warranty lacks this oversight.

Another consideration is amenities a lot of independent shops are rather bare-bones and lack the features you associate with a certified shop. A comfortable waiting area with Wi-Fi, TVs, snacks, and drinks may not be essential but it does make the whole process less stressful.

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OEM Parts Versus Aftermarket / Third-Party Parts

A key factor when getting work done on your Nissan is the parts the mechanic is making use of. A lot of independent shops use aftermarket parts instead of OEM parts and this is a very important distinction to keep in mind. OEM parts are designed to be used by specific makes and models of automobiles and are factory specced. Third-party parts may not fit, not work to specifications, or be made of lower-quality materials. Aftermarket / third-party parts may be cheaper, but they don’t last as long or perform as well as an OEM part.

Finding The Best Nissan Maintenance Service

It should be noted that not all independent shops are bad or do subpar work, many of them are quite reputable. However, finding a good independent shop requires a lot of research on your part to assure this is the case. With a certified shop, such as Dorsett Nissan, has already been vetted and certified by Nissan showing their work and parts meet the quality standards you're looking for. In many cases using a certified shop saves you time and worry about the quality of the services you're receiving.


Our Location

105 W Mayfair Dr, Terre Haute, IN 47802

Our Hours

Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed


Dorsett Nissan Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Multi-Point Inspection
  • Rental Cars Available
  • Courtesy Transportation Shuttle
  • Children’s Play Area
  • Parts & Gear Boutique
  • Complimentary Beverage & Coffee Bar
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • Online Service Scheduling
  • Home / Office Pick-up & Delivery
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Vending Machines
  • Certified Technicians
  • Genuine OEM Parts
  • Flat Screen TVs
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