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where to bring truck

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ABES, Dec 18, 2007.

  1. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    do you guys always bring your trucks to the dealer for repair or do you go to the shop around the corner??? i thought i had a good shop to work on my truck but they hired a bunch of idiots i used to go to High School with so there is no way im going there but i am not sure i want to go to the dealer. is there any major price differences from a dealer to a local reapir shop?? i try to do most of the work i can on my truck but there is some things i just dont trust myself to do. thanks guys
     
  2. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    we do every thing in house
     
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    if under manufacturer warrantee then dealer. IF NOT under manufacturer warrantee then NO dealer.

    I think you can find mechanics just as qualifed and less expensive hourly outside the dealership at some repair shops that do mostly truck work.
    have to talk to them and ask around.
    in my case i have vip do basic things. ziebart actually did my brakes. a friend does quick checkovers who is a mechanic and a local auto mechanic shop that works on lots of 4x4's does everything else that might require real know how..
     
  4. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I try to always fix everything myself. Most of the time I'm able to. If not, I'll take it to the dealer. i have good relationships with both my Ford and Dodge dealers. The F250 is still under warrant, so that goes in for every little thing I can find. I have not had very good experiences with small around the corner shops. I moved two years ago and have yet to find a good local one.
     
  5. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    i do pretty much all of it. sometimes even the stuff i dont trust myself with lol. but definately a local shop not a dealer. i would first go in and talk to the guys and get a feel for them before i say go ahead and fix it. i have a hard time trusting most places because i've been shafted in the past. thats probably why i learned to do all my own work now.
     
  6. fordmstng66

    fordmstng66 Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    I try to do everything i can myself, but my buddy owns a shop, and he takes care of me pretty quick when the snow is flying. :D
     
  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    if it's a work truck , i need to count on it so if i can't fix it i take it straight to the dealer. i have found they have better access to parts and know the vehicles but you pay more. now most dealers around here have sat and evening hours. they also give work vehicles some priority, especially w/ a snow storm coming
     
  8. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    must be nice to have a dealer like that. dealers around here look at you and laugh and say 'ha, you need it by when??? i dont think so, we are right out straight here let me tell ya." three guys walk by with pizza boxes and soda. then they open the door to the shop and theres 2 cars in 10 bays. "oh boy now lets see, hows next thursday sound? around 4:30 swing by and drop it off. we'll get to it maybe for the weekend." this same dealer also took 1hour 45minutes to do a state inspection. and yes, i typed that correctly.

    so i stick to my local shops after that experience. he's also fisher authorized service station so thats a plus for me :)
     
  9. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    it is VERY nice..i bought all my trucks there so that probably helps.
     
  10. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    the issue is not taking work comes down to the service manager and or / management /owners. many times they don't want non - customer's that didn't buy from them . which cause alot of problem for person needing service or repair done . the guys in the shop esp. if there flat rate live for hrs and don't wanna be standing around . best way to decide if going to dealer or not is what s labor rate of them vs. independent shop. ask find out if the us quailty parts EG napa carquest factory ect . if hanging on junk china crap from AZ and advance i'd run . try and do most things yourself like other's have said might wanna make friends if auto technician at one of these places . chances are they do side work at home and you can have work done there supply the parts and pay whatever they change there labor rate is
     
  11. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    The Ford dealer I go to knows that I use the F250 for work and I need it all the time. I can usually bring it there the night before and they will have it ready the enxt day by noon. Makes it really easy.
     
  12. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    thanks for all the responses guys it just so happens that 2 of my good friends are going to school for auto mechanics so hopefully i wont have to take my truck into the shop anytime soon.