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I recall reading that it's possible to get servicing done using Independent garages and it doesn't effect your warranty assuming they do the correct work and use OEM genuine parts... (for reference as not so relevent for me as I have TLC)

Just wondered about things like the installation of approved JCW tuning parts e.g. JCW Brakes or JCW coilovers if they dont affect warranty if not installed by a Mini Dealer?

I got my JCW Tuning Kit installed by my dealer which needed to be coded to the car and then got certification of installation and was told that the tuning kit is now registered with Mini to say that it's linked to my chassis number which in theory adds value to my car...

Do the other JCW tuning parts also get linked to your chassis number if done through a dealer? I did read that there is some coding required for the brake kit in relation to the DSC although I have read that many have not bothered to code theirs for which I assume they did not get installation done via a Mini dealer..

I have VDC and have read that you don't get errors if you install the JCW coilovers and just disconnect the electrical part of the VDC system but again not sure what this means for warranty as Mini specifically say the kit is not for cars with electronic damping.

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European Union competition law exists to prevent anti-competitive practices and abuse of companys'dominant market positions...

http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/general-advice/right-to-repair-campaign.html

"Servicing a new car
Changes to the BER in 2002 included clauses intended to increase choice when it comes to servicing of a new car. You cannot be obliged e.g. as a condition of warranty, to have your car serviced by a franchised dealer.
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The work can be carried out by an independent garage as long as that garage uses manufacturer approved parts and correctly follows the manufacturer's service schedule. Independent garages generally have much lower overheads than franchised dealers so their hourly labour rate is also cheaper.

Although you are free to have your car serviced at whichever garage you like - and benefit from the cost savings - you can't then expect much help and goodwill from the manufacturer if the car develops a major fault just after the warranty has expired."

Its almost certain that all dealer related work will be recorded against the vehicle's chassis number for future reference so any MINI dealer that services the car has up-to-date information.

I have used independent garages on previous cars with excellent results but not on the BMW-MINI. Depending on their expertise they can be as good as or better than main dealers but you need to find the good ones.
 

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Have the right bits to convert from VDC , and as an oem part/supplier I cannot imagine you ever having warranty issues
 

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Eu directive means as long as a car is serviced as per book with OEM spec fluids and OEM parts by qualified mechanics (meaning at registered) then the warranty stands . goodwill may not though! Not sure re after fitted parts but would assume its the same! And of course this is Europe.not surere a y other Continent.
 

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Have the right bits to convert from VDC , and as an oem part/supplier I cannot imagine you ever having warranty issues
I understand that KW do cancellation kits for EDC although I did read that there are no errors even if you use other coilover kits without it...

Just weighing up whether having full 100% warranty is worth the additional outlay over cheaper and often better third party options but potentially have issues with ambiguity over some linked warranty claims

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Independent garages generally have much lower overheads than franchised dealers so their hourly labour rate is also cheaper.

I have used independent garages on previous cars with excellent results but not on the BMW-MINI. Depending on their expertise they can be as good as or better than main dealers but you need to find the good ones.
The hourly rate is to cover the endless layers of management in shiny offices!

Agree it's important to find a good independent but sadly it's the same for dealers, some are shocking just ask Emy-Lou!

As to the OP's question, I agree with the guys above, yes you can go to any registered garage for work using approved parts :)
 
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