We know a lady with a high end car. She's asked us for suggestions on what to do for cheaper oil changes, as her dealership charges $200.00 for hers. If you're in this predicament, find a reputable repair shop, that you trust or talk to your neighbors and friends, see who they suggest.
I have worked at a Mercedes dealership now for 12 years. Mostly in the parts dept. Although what you are referring to is true, in order to keep your warranty in force you're required to have all services done by the dealer. Unless you can find a certified M-B technician to service the auto. It stinks, yes. But it is for the best.
What car is that, a Rolls? I never heard of a $200 oil change on a car. Half the time I do it myself if the weather isn't too bad.
I suggest she take it to another shop - she's getting ripped off for sure! Or even read the owner's manual and do it herself. It's not that hard, I was doing it when I was 13 years old.
Or for even greater thrift, trade the car in for something normal people would spend for. The prices of those cars is so high, I would only spend that on real estate that I can keep, not watch the rust, rot and depreciation. I can afford such a luxury car, but I lose my appetite when I see the price.
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