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How much is too much to pay for services at your dealership?

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I recently got my 2017 Mazda 3 GS serviced at Buds Mazda Oakville Canada. I was charged $280 for the labor (receipt attached) alone while parts was just $55.

I can see that all this labor cost was for engine oil change and the rest was mostly just inspection for the 72k service. I even declined tire rotation since I had recently installed winter tires on my own.

My car is not under warrany anymore and I feel like dealerships charge an exorbitant price for these regular maintenances. Am I paying too much and should I move off the dealership for servicing? What do I risk with leaving the dealership?

Also, for Candian folks out there, any recommendations for a good place to service my Mazda 3 in the Halton / Hamilton region?
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Does this dealer also service Euro cars by chance? A Volvo dealer here in MN is charging $300/hr for labor
I work a a dealership in MN and I think our labor rate is high, but is very low considering what they are in the cities. Especially when talking about euro or luxury brands

I see Porsche dealers pushing brake fluid flushes at like 15 or 20k BTW.
With Porsche tho it’s kinda under the category of “when you own a race car you have to maintain it like a race car.”
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Hourly labor rate in the Los Angeles area is $150. They are kind of swamped doing all of the low pressure fuel pump recalls.. so, wouldn't be surprised if they jack it up.
Ours is $155 and we’re about 1.5hrs from any big cities whose hourly rate is well over $200. The independent shops are too far behind us either. Everyone is going to keep going up. But manufacturers are trying really hard to produce cars that a DIYer and even independent shops can’t work on.
Porsche 15K brake fluid flush is Ok if you daily drive
Some of the guys at the track /auto x are flushing 2x times in a season
Its all relative to how you use them brakes.
I am always on new fluid every year (i track and autox)
Brake fluid is very often over looked when it’s so simple to do. Horsepower doesn’t mean anything if you can’t stop it.
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