[ QUOTE ] I've been reading an interesting article in a bike magazine this week,which can easily be carried over into the car world.. The article stated that there is no actual need for services to be carried out by main dealers,even if the bike/car is under warranty. Most warranties merely state that the bike/car must be serviced by a 'competent mechanic using the correct equipment' (or similar wording,I don't have the article to hand). My servicing is paid for by the company,so it's not something I have to worry about,but if I were paying for my servicing myself I would be investigating this further and seeking cheaper alternatives as main dealers' rates merely serve to pay for their vast overheads. It would be interesting to hear Audi's comments about this as they,apparently,cannot insist that you use the main dealer. [/ QUOTE ] As I understand the situation. You can obtain servicing on a car and retain the warranty as long as: a) Genuine parts are used in the servicing, and b) The garage is VAT registered. This has been discussed a few times on the Type R forum. However, I would much rather have a nice set of "proper" Audi/Honda stamps when it comes to resale time.