Unfortunately, the state of the auto repair industry today, any place, dealership, national franchise, local independent shop, could rip you off. There is just so much consumer ignorance out there, it ends up rewarding dishonest organizations and penalizing honest organizations; so it just drives more and more organizations to be deceiptful and try to get people to overpay.
Before you look for a place that will give you a fair deal, EDUACATE yourself, be an informed consumer. That is the best way to prevent being ripped-off. You just have to read a couple of pages in the Owners Manual to eduacate yourself, and make a list of exactly what you need to be performed. Take that list and comparison shop, do a little back ground checking, asking around, try to find out the shops reputation.
The owners manual also stipulates the parts and fluids to use, that should be part of the list of jobs to perform, make sure they use the correct fluid and you make that a stipulation of the work to be performed, or supply the correct fluid youself. Many shops won't bother with the correct fluid and just use a close approximation they have on hand, and that can make a big difference in the longevity of the component. Even dealerships have used the wrong fluid, taking short cuts to do the job as cheap as possible, instead of the right way.
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