View Full Version : Dealer for Repair and Maintenance?

11-15-2004, 06:02 PM
It seems like reading the threads that a lot of people do not get their car serviced at the dealership. I've always gone to the dealers because I trust them more, and some of the non-dealer labor rates seem to be about the same. I've always gotten good service from Bavaria BMW.

Why do you go to non-dealers? Is it substantially cheaper?

11-15-2004, 07:36 PM
The price factor . . .

Justin e36
11-15-2004, 10:36 PM
Simby ... it might be different out in Alberta. In Toronto there are some certified BMW mechanics that now work independantly and charge MUCH less.

11-15-2004, 10:42 PM
dealer quoted me almost $350 to replace my water pump on my last e30 cause i didnt know where to go.. then i met Charlie bahaha he charged me $160 w/tax i love that guy

11-15-2004, 10:45 PM
I was quoted 10 hours of labour at an independent BMW shop (well known shop too)for a job, I promptly picked up the car and went to Charlie. Got charged the equivalent of 2 hours labour.

It's all in the area, as Justin and Andrew said.

11-15-2004, 10:49 PM
yea charlie is the man

11-15-2004, 11:58 PM
I take it to a guy that is in alymer from my house in Ottawa it is about 30 mins but its worth the drive. I have been going to him for years now. He has never srewed me, worked on four of mine and my bros BMW without a problem ever, always asks if i want to change it first doesnt tell me no presure at all, and the best part is he is dirt cheap *th-up*. Dealer was always trying to screw me and labour cost was way to much.

11-16-2004, 05:27 PM
Anyone in Edmonton for shops?