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Engine related diagnostics - Dealership vs Independant?

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  • May 6th, 2019 4:21 pm
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Engine related diagnostics - Dealership vs Independant?

Hey all,

I am wondering if anyone has done engine diagnostics for engine misfires / carbon buildup issues at an independant shop, and whether its worth it to go to dealership to do it for more $$$. Do the dealerships do tests / have tools that these independant shops dont? or are the tests pretty similar

Also, some autobody shops have told me they can't do anything without a code, yet other oil changing shops like Valvoline Express has told me they do full diagnostics. Is there a reason for this?
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Take it to a indie shop that specializes in your make. You’ll most likely get a better value and the quality will be the same or better then dealership.

edit : Today I was at a indie shop run by a former master toyota technician.

His service was good and friendly. Quality of work was good. Price was actually reasonable... I mean its not drop dead low price (thats a sign they will cut corners with parts cost and effort). But a fair price for a good job.

One thing that did suck... He had NO waiting area... Except for 2 dusty chairs right on the shop floor. He is running the shop solo. So no helpers who could drop off/pick up to the closest coffee shop.
Aside from good manners, and prompt replies... The experience was a bit lacking.
But is that worth $120/hour dealership shop rate + questionable suggestions and service... compared to the guy's $80/hour
Last edited by UrbanPoet on May 6th, 2019 5:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Jan 17, 2009
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I'd only go to a dealership for it if i thought it would be covered by warranty (depending on your mileage and warranty of course), otherwise like the prev poster said go to a indie shop.
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UrbanPoet wrote: Take it to a indie shop that specializes in your make. You’ll most likely get a better value and the quality will be the same or better then dealership.
+1, Also, OP, Valvoline Express does not specialize in anything but ripping you off.

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