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I think it all boils down to one word - trust.
If you trust the main dealer's expertise to be worth paying the extra for - then do it.
If, on the other hand, your local Renault dealer tries to sell you either a Megane or an Espace (when you want a Vel Satis) - one too small, the other has too many seats, and says that only 15 were ever sold in the UK...(out by a factor of 100)
Then you go to a tried and trusted independent. As I do.
I would rather entrust my car to a knowledgeable, passionate independent (who I can deal directly with), than an organisation where you need to double check that requested work has been carried out.
A bit cynical, but I've had some poor experiences to draw my conclusions on.
This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.
Currently in VelSatisfied's garage:
2005 FIAT Ducato 2.8JTD LWB Gran Volume, 2000 Kawasaki ZZR 1100 D7 'fullpower' in black + full GIVI & KAPPA luggage, 2007 MB R-Class 320 CDi Sport LWB uprated by Brabus to 300Bhp don't know if there's a 155mph limiter - will be fun finding out! 2004 Mercedes Vaneo 1.7 CDi Ambiente 7-seater