Independent Service Shops vs Certified Kia Service

Choosing Certified Service Over Independent Shops

Routine care and maintenance for your car are essential if you want it to last for a long time and run well at the same time. That being said, making it to service appointments can be difficult and some might find it tempting to go to independent service centers instead. It is best to learn a bit about both before you make your choice.

Independent Service Centers

These service centers are those that have not been vetted and inspected by Kia in order to certify them. These centers are great if you just have a small repair and you cannot make it to a certified service center but it is always best to take your car to a certified dealer or service center for major repairs and services. These are often mom and pop operations, they may or may not be franchised, and they often do cost less than a certified service center. They do not, however, come with warranties on work every time, they may not have certified and trained technicians and they might not offer all the services that your car needs to stay in perfect working order.

Certified Service Centers

A certified service center is one that has been inspected by carmakers that they represent. They are required to meet a specific set of credentials, quality standards, and overall services offered in order to be considered certified. These are great for all repairs and services, both large and small. Most certified service centers also have warranties to back up their work, they have factory-trained technicians that do have continuing education to make sure that they have the experience that is needed to perform all repairs, and they are backed by the carmaker so any Kia specific repairs or services are going to be a cinch.

Which Is Right for You?

Choosing the right service center for you truly does depend on what you are looking for and what services you need done. Taking your car to a certified service center is going to give you the peace of mind that comes with factory-backed services. It truly does come down to whether or not you want someone that has been trained especially to work on your Kia or you are comfortable with technicians that are trained on a wide range of cars.

Why Choose Germain Kia of Columbus?

Germain Kia of Columbus is a fantastic Kia certified service center that can handle any and all services and needs for your car. They have a great team of certified technicians that can handle any repair, any service, use OEM parts, and can help to make sure your Kia is safe no matter what.

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Germain Kia of Columbus

1455 Auto Mall Dr
Directions Columbus, OH 43228

  • Sales: 614-427-1064
  • Service: 614-212-4746
  • Parts: 614-212-2678


  • Monday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sunday Closed

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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Children's Play Area
  • Business Workstations
  • Parts & Gear Boutique
  • Complimentary Beverage & Coffee Bar
  • Complimentary Snacks
  • State-of-the-Art Facility
  • Extended Hours
  • Saturday Service Hours
  • Performance & Customization Department
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • And More!
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