When the car is new I would go to the dealer.
When the car gets to be a few years old I tend to bring it to a local shop I
Local shops can handle most basic needs. Its when things get funky and
special tools or test equipment is needed that you end up back at the
My 95 T-Bird has not been in any shop for repairs since 1998 when I had the
valve body of the tranny replaced under warranty. Everything has been
routine maintenance that I have been able to handle.
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"Mark Carroll" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I say it depends on the type of work needed to be done...
I do most of my own stuff, brakes, tires, etc... Anything else i will
bring to the dealer while under warrentee.. other then that a local shop
that i trust will do the things i personally cant
I do most of my own repairs, but when I move to a new town, I take the car
to a dealer for oil & lube, then observe. If the first experience is good,
I keep going back for regular maint. If my good impression remains, I
usually have them do bigger work. I have found the charges to be
competitive. I also like the fact that you have all of Ford Motor to holler
at if you're not happy.
BTW, many of the local chains charge more for oil, filter, lube than the
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