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service at indy vs dealer shop


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With my previous non P cars, I have only serviced them at the dealership. Now with my MY2000 C2, 45 K miles, which I purchased recently, I am thinking if I should service it at a good independent mechanic. I am near Summit, NJ, so any recommendations would be appreciated. So the question is, if the indy mechanic is good, and they use OEM parts, what do I get extra at the dealership ?.

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With my previous non P cars, I have only serviced them at the dealership. Now with my MY2000 C2, 45 K miles, which I purchased recently, I am thinking if I should service it at a good independent mechanic. I am near Summit, NJ, so any recommendations would be appreciated. So the question is, if the indy mechanic is good, and they use OEM parts, what do I get extra at the dealership ?.

you would get the privilege of generally paying more money for the same work. cheers.... and welcome to the forums.

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For what it's worth, next week I am taking my 03 C4S for its first oil change under my ownership. Dealer quoted $250. Indy who works on all European cars quoted under $150. He will use the exact same parts/oil. I am guessing the % difference on other work would be similar. I know I can do it for under $100 and an hour of my time, but would rather spend that hour driving my two kids in the back :)

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With the current state of the economy, some dealers around me are trying to be more competitive, cost wise, even for existing customers. My local Porsche dealer used to refuse to work on older, air cooled cars because they took a lot of time; now half the racks have 993s and earlier on them. They also have signs up that they will work on any other make of car as well. Their hourly rate is the same or less than a very highly regarded local independent. It definitely pays to shop around, but you should include dealerships in the comparison

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I go to Power-tech in Rockaway, NJ, they are cheaper on most things and also let you know what is necessary versus superfluous. I prefer them over the dealers, and he number of porsches there (911s, 914s, 933, etc.) each time you go doesn't lie.

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  • 6 months later...

I had an independent here in Orange County charge me $29 for an oil filter, and I bought an oil filter from a dealer for $22. GO Figure!

Is it Orange County in California? If so, can you please provide the name and telephone number or address of this porsche independent shop?

Thank you in advance.

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