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Old 12-20-2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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1995 SL2
Default Re: 2000 SL1, Saturn dealership or independent garage?

If cost/budget is not an issue, you are indeed a fortunate Saturn owner. Go with whom ever you trust most with you car. Check with friends, the local BBB, etc. for a track record of the service provider you are considering. A Saturn dealer will usually be somewhat higher priced due to dealership shop rates, should know the car better than most independent shops, will usually use OEM parts, and ultimately have GM behind their work (if that is of significant value these uncertain days).

However, a given independent might be better, depending on the shop and how they do business in their community, and most routine things do not require much in the way of unique or hard to find Saturn-specific knowledge. And with an independent you might have more control over what they do.

Keep in mind that neither the dealerships nor the independents have a monopoly on getting it right. Either can make mistakes and trap you into unnecessary work or do poor work.

What to expect? If no significant repair or maintenance (beyond routine oil changes) has been performed on the car to date, you have reached the age where a number of maintenance-repair type items can typically be expected. Surf the forums here and you will get a good feel for what they are. But what you car will need depends on the specifics of your car.

Many folks here either enjoy working on their cars, work on their cars to save money, and/or to be sure it is done right.



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