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As another poster said if it's not warranty or recall related, I would always go with a local mechanic. BUT you'll have to find one that you can trust and that has proven themselves to be skilled and highly capabable.

If you go on the www.cartalk.com website, there is a section called Mechanix files which can be found here:

http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/

People review mechanics in their local areas and post comments so that you can search by zipcode and find a good mechanic.

I have a VW, and I was able to find a small shop that specializes in everything VW/Audi. They're amazing mechanics and charge probably 1/3 the hourlty rate of the local VW/Audi dealership. They're the best.

Using that website, I also found a local tire shop that has been great for both of our cars, and another local mechanic that does all the work on my wife's nissan. They were rated very highly and were listed as family owned shops, and I haven't had a single bad experience with any of them.

Dealerships are highly overated, and almost always highly overpriced.

mz00m
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