I got my new 06 Prius in late September. I love the car! I typically drive about 500 miles a month, mostly in town. So I expect I won't need to take my car in for its first routine service until March (figuring I should do it at least twice a year even though the mileage will be low). For my previous car ,a Subaru Legacy, the dealer rarely saw me: routine service was done at fast lube places or other local garages(for oil changes, air filter and anti-freeze replacement etc.). I only went to the dealer for major repairs, and for the 30,000 mile and 60,000 mile service. This worked just fine for me. When I took possession of my new Prius, the first thing I did,after reading posts on this site, was to replace the OEM tires with Michelins. I went to a tire dealer which not only sells tires but also does all the usual maintenance for cars: oil changes,alignments, brake work, etc. It's a reputable, clean, good-sized place, with maybe 10 car bays and mechanics that did some standard-type work for me in the past, and did a decent job. I asked the customer rep if they did maintenance work on Priuses. He said yes, and they felt they were competent to do so. I've been thinking over whether I should trust my Prius--much more complex than my old Sub--to this local place. Despite what the customer rep says, I'm inclined to stick with the Toyota dealer because they have Toyota factory- trained mechanics. On the other hand, it would be soooo convenient to take it to this local place where I can get in and out much faster than at the local (and huge) Toyota dealership, which I know from experience is more of a hassle. So I'd love to get some feedback from other Prius owners: has anybody used a local garage(non Toyota dealership) to have routine maintenance done, and did they do ok? Do you think I'd be taking a risk using a non-dealer service place? From reading the owner's manual, I don't believe I have to take the car to a Toyota dealer to keep the warranty in force, as long as I have proof of the work done.