Originally Posted by sjt1985
1. If your car is new, take it to an authorized center. Otherwise, do it yourself or find a local mechanic that is not the dealership (otherwise known as the stealership).
How does an 'authorized center' differ from a dealership?
A dealership is NOT always expensive for just oil changes. See my example above. Or do it yourself, or have a mechanic you trust (see below).
For repairs, independent mechanics, especially ones that specialize in your make/model are best.
Avoid quickee lube services. Most staffing such facilities have minimal training.