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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-14-2003, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Question Where would you go?

If you had a problem on your car, and couldn't figure it out....would you go to the dealership, or to a local shop for a diagnostic?
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If you had a problem on your car, and couldn't figure it out....would you go to the dealership, or to a local shop for a diagnostic?
The dealership. They are friendlier, and believe it or not much cheaper than the local hillbilly shops around here.
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I actually wouldnt go to the dealerships here cause they like to rape you, i would take it to a local shop that i know of or have my boyfriend take care of it.
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Dealerships have better scan tools and are more familiar with our cars. However, that comes at a premuim...

For most things I almost always go to a local shop though. But I usually know whats wrong.

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first i'd take it to a friend from church (mechanic) who can bring home his diagnostic computer and diagnos my car for free

if not, then probably the dealership :(
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i have to say local shop, there is a shop i trust so i go there
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Depends on the problem.
Complicated or anything diagnostic, dealer.
Just a big dirty job you don't feel like doing in the driveway, local garage.
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local garage all the way...theres one that i like the owner and he is really fair, dont try to get you to do a lot of work thats not needed, like the dealers around here do
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Well, I only go to mechanics that I know for many years. Basically most of the small 5 miute jobs are free. I generate enough business for him by referring about 15 different cars there over the years.

Other one is a friend of mine, but he is in DC. So he will do some of the mods and the exhaust (he has several Meineke shops)
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Depends on the problem.

Overall I feel more comfortable going to the dealer, but I would get an estimate from a few places first.
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If there is something I can't do for lack of equipment, I go to a shop, but not just any shop, the one I use has basically everything I could ever need to have done on the car. However, if something I need done in a hurry, or really late at night, I go to the dealership where I bought the thing cause they happen to be open until 11. The only time that has happened so far was when I had carbon builup in the oil return galleys, and it happened someday in the middle of the week at like 7pm and the dealership service department is open until 11pm Monday-Thursday and I needed the car the next day. Sure it cost me a good bit, but sure as shit, the car was ready by the time I needed it.
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Local repair shop if you have a trusted one...
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I'd take it to the place I baught it, they seem to be the most trust worthy. So I'd say dealership over anything, unless you have a good friend at a auto shop.
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The only thing I would go to the dealership for is a recal, or warranty work. The last time I tried the dealer they kept my car for a week. I brought it in for an oil change, lube, filter, tire rotation and recall. The vehilce was a '99 Stratus. The recall involved putting a bracket in the rear to lift a brake hose away from the exhaust. Two bolts hold on this bracket. When I inquired as to why it was taking so long, they said I had picked a bad time to bring it in. I told the service manager that I was sorry that I inconvenienced all of them and would never return.
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i would go to dodgeintrepid.net first....
then to the local Dodge dealership, they seem trustworthy.
but i'll never leave my car with any mechanic unattended.....watch them carfully.
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