How much should I be paying for car maintenance?
In the past 10 years, due to work and moving, I've changed to a new car every 2-3 years, so I've gotten maintenance work done for Honda, Kia and Toyota crossovers/SUVs at their dealerships (so not luxury brands). They all seemed to be priced around the same. Most recently, I did a 24k maintenance which involved oil change and fuel system maintenance. Some work issue came up so I could only stay at the dealership for 2 hours. There were also 2 service bulletins for the vehicle (one software), so they said 3 hrs for everything. I suggested postponing the fuel system, but they said they would try to complete everything. They ended up completing everything (bulletins as well) in a little over an hour (I saw them drive the vehicle away but they didn't come get me from the lounge for another 20 mins, so I can't say for certain). There were no charges for the bulletins, so for oil change (EDIT: Service #3 actually) and fuel system, the total cost was a little over $500 after tax. This is probably nothing compared to a Mercedes maintenance and I know the dealership has to make money, but this still left me wondering. How much should I be paying to do this work? Also, from the standpoint of quality of work and warranty, should I consider a third party? I haven't been to one in years.
Thanks for any advice.