Why is a dealership more expensive for repairs?

Why does a dealership charge so much more for car repairs? I've been warned by numerous family members and friends never to take my car to the dealership for repairs.

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Car dealerships are typically more expensive than independently owned shops due to higher overhead costs. 
While small, local shops just have a garage and a few mechanics, dealerships have showrooms, massive maintenance garages, higher employee salaries. All this equates to more overhead.
Dealerships offset all of these expenses by charging more for routine maintenance, even if you have a
used car warranty
or a similar product.
On the other hand, one of the benefits of visiting a dealership is that their mechanics are often trained to be experts on their particular vehicle make.
If possible, get quotes from the dealership and a local mechanic to see how you can get the best service at the lowest price possible.
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