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I don't agree on the total cost of the job being the same between the independent and the dealer. Any time I have called a dealer and asked the estimate on a particular job, it is usually twice the cost of a reputable independent.

Working for a manufacturer as a dealer rep, I have access to much more information and research on mechanical repair pricing than you will likely ever see as a consumer.

That doesn't make your observation invalid, just anecdotal.

I have access to four Chyrsler/Dodge dealerships here and every time I've called about repairs to our previously owned Voyager and currently owned Durango these past seven years, they've always quoted at least twice what my local mechanic/s* quotes.

The only time I deal with a dealership these days is when I can't buy parts through NAPA or junkyard. My mechanic, *or whomever he recs, get all my repair business.

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