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Old 09-05-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Dealership Vs. other mechanic shop

For those out there that don't do all the work to their mustangs themselves. Do you use the dealership for repairs or another mechanic shop and why?
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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Re: Dealership Vs. other mechanic shop

For me, it's a time thing nowadays. It's been years since I did my own work, so I go to the dealer, besides they cover everything important under the warranty. As for things like oil changes, I get coupons that make the cost nearly the same as any regular shop, and I know they do it right. I've had problems with local shops in the past that didn't do things correctly (i.e. oil filter was on crooked once, another time a different shop didn't reset the oil notification light), so I just go where I know they do it correctly.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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I go to the dealer because the ford dealer is 2 miles from my house and they have some of the best mechanics I've ever seen. They do an AMAZING job and fast too. They usually charge 2-3 times the local shops but I've always been very satisfied with their work.
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Re: Dealership Vs. other mechanic shop

It's really a situational thing...there are great private shops and horrible service centers at dealerships and vise versa.

I take my car to the dealership for its routine oil changes but I do my own modding work, figure that one out
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Re: Dealership Vs. other mechanic shop

I do the basics myself. On more involved maintenance/repairs, or when time is an issue I got the the independent mechanic I've been using for over 25 years. It's a matter of finding a good one & sticking with them.
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I do all the basic stuff myself. Currently, I'm still under warranty so if the situation arises I'll be forced to go to the dealer (my local dealer sucks).
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Re: Dealership Vs. other mechanic shop

The only things I let the dealership work on are repairs covered by the warranty, and anything covered by my maintenance plan. As for everything else, I go to a local place just a few miles from my house. They're cheaper, more efficient, and it helps that my dad is friends with the owner. lol
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