So the $64,000 question is: are dealerships always more expensive? And the real answer is: nope. Just as in anything in life, a little research and some clear-eyed analysis on an apples-to-apples level will shed illumination. Yes, sometimes dealerships cost more. Sometimes we actually cost less. And many, many times – and this happens a lot with tires and other maintenance items – we cost the same as everyone else. Fixing cars is really, really competitive. If we were always more expensive than everyone else, the market would find a way around us. Always does.
Most of our stores actually have price comparison charts on their websites to show some examples. Go ahead and shop around, and if you find a better deal go for it. But let’s move past retelling old chestnuts that don’t have any basis in reality, if they ever did.