Repair shop instead of dealership?

Discussion in 'Prius c Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Debbitydo, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Debbitydo

    Debbitydo Junior Member

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    My Prius C is due for the 30,000 mile maintenance. The dealership is wanting to charge me a lot. Any suggestions on how to find alternate repair shops that know hybrids? I'm in Sacramento.
     
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    I googled "hybrid repair sacramento ca" and got several positive reviews of Maxit
     
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    If you read up on the items in your 30,000 maintenance they aren't hybrid-specific so you mainly need to find a good shop, whether hybrid specialists or not.
     
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    And what's "a lot"?
     
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    all you need is oil, filters, tyre rotate and inspection. you may want to consider tranny oil change, any AAA shoppe can do it.
     
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    Avi's Advanced Automotive Independent hybrid repair shop

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    Even if you don't technically "need" a hybrid specific shop, as an owner of a hybrid I'd recommend finding one.
    Whether dealer or an independent hybrid repair facility I think it is an advantage to have a relationship with a shop that can handle your entire vehicles needs.

    Then if and when a hybrid issue develops, the confidence and relationship is already in place.
     
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    It was around $350.
     
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    yup, way too much.you can also ask the dealer how much for just the toyota recommended maintenance.dealer should be around $160. private wrencher $120. with oem parts.
     
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    It's mainly the circled. Everything will likely get a cursory glance, at best.

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    The engine and cabin air filters you can change yourself.
     
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    Avi's Advanced Automotive Independent hybrid repair shop

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    Adding in transmission fluid replacement wouldn't be a bad idea. I doubt the dealer was including it.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone! Appreciate it :)
     
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    Get an oil change and tire rotation at any place that does them, but be sure they use 0w20 - should be under $50 for full synthetic. If they don't have 0w20 or want to charge you a bunch for it, get a 5 quart jug of it from Walmart for ~$25 and ask how much they'll charge you for just the labor. The filters you can buy yourself at the dealership/Amazon, and replacing them yourself takes well under 5 minutes for both.
     
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