When it comes to maintaining or repairing your car, the dealer is often the safest option. This is because they are usually serviced by factory-trained technicians who are familiar with the make and model of your vehicle. They know what it takes to keep your car running as intended by the manufacturer. If your car is still under warranty, many repairs can be done free of charge.
Oil changes are also acceptable, as you can often get a free car wash along with that complimentary cup of java (and a bagel loaded with sugar). It's important to remember that you have the right to inspect your vehicle in the shop before paying for repairs. However, this does not entitle you to remove the vehicle from the shop without paying for repairs, or to inspect it in areas where only authorized employees are allowed.