Dealership and Local Mechanics Jerome ID
Idaho Electric Motor Service
1196 Addison Avenue West
Twin Falls, ID
Auto Service & Repair, Water Well Drilling & Service, Electric Motor Parts & Repair, Armature Sales & Service
Bearings, Electric Motors, Rebuilt, Pump Motors, New Rebuilt Used
Fleet Tire Service LLC
980b W Main St
Ave Automotive Repair NAPA Auto
47a E 100 S
Southern Idaho Freightliner
1000 S Centennial Spur
Crumrine Automotive Restoration Sevice
18 Butte Dr
The Automotive Clinic, Inc.
(208) 734-1333, 001-2004
577 Blue Lakes Boulevard North
Twin Falls, ID
Blue Seal Certified
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
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Les Schwab Tire Center
1848 S Lincoln Ave
Brakes, Front End Repair, Inspection & Diagnostic, Tires/Wheels, Wheel Alignment
Mon:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Wed:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Fri:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat:8:00 am-5:00 pm
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Larrys Auto Haven
174 West Road
Engine Repair,Tune up Repair
Napa Auto Parts
716 S Lincoln Ave
Auto Parts, Car Washes, Car Detailing
Brockmans RV Sales
226 E Frontage Road North
RV and Camper Repair
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Dealer vs. Local Mechanic
Where Should You Take In Your Car, The Dealer or The Local Mechanic? By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributor
Taking care of your vehicle can save you serious money in fuel and resale value, but you may have found yourself wondering if you can save even more by taking you car into to the local mechanic rather than the dealer.
Maybe the ghost stories about cars coming back from local guys with more things broken than fixed have kept you away, or you're perhaps you are just worried about voiding your warranty . Either way, the truth is there are benefits and drawbacks to both the big boys and the local guys.
Paul Yotka, Service Manager at Steven Toyota, Kia and Scion in Harrisonburg, Va., will tell you that there's no question about whether or not you should bring your car home for regular checkups and maintenance.
"We have factory trained technicians who will diagnose the problem right the first time," he said. "A lot of little shops don't have the tools to do so."
According to Yotka, one of the dangers of going to a smaller garage is that diagnosis is a guess and check situation, meaning that you may end up paying to replace perfectly good parts. That doesn't mean misdiagnosis can't happen under factory care, but the service manager says his one-two combo of experienced personnel and high-tech tools limits that likelihood.
Randy Faul, the owner of a two-bay family shop in the same town, represents the flip side of the coin. Faul says his biggest expense is keeping up with changes in technology and the tools necessary to repair today's increasingly computerized cars.
"We've got all the scanners to test pretty much anything," he said, "but the dealers don't let all of the information out on newer cars, so we can't do everything."
Training and experience can make the difference between going on your way after repair work and limping back through the garage doors a week later. Factory service shops tend to have the resources to keep their worker bees up to date on training and new vehicle systems, where as smaller outfits may not.
Yotka was proud to point out that one of his Kia service techs was ranked third in the world among technicians after a competition in Korea. "It's easy to fix cars when you've got guys like that," he said.
Faul says dealers are constantly searching for new auto technicians, meaning there's a significant turnover rate and a good chance a greenhorn is going to be wrenching on your ride. The Local Joe says that his son, the only other worker in the shop, has over four years of technician school behind him.
Faul also claims a level of personal service that many large dealer shops can't offer. While that warm fuzzy feeling is hard to quantify, it means a lot to be comfortable letting a stranger poke around under your hood.
"I'm able to help people," Faul said. "It's not all about the bottom line at the end of the week for me."
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