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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Sussex
Some other considerations:
1. A main dealer will have mechanics trained on the product/Has the 'local' garage ever lifted the bonnet on a 159?
2. Will the 'local' garage have access to any service bulletins from Alfa Romeo?
3. Does the local garage have correct insurance/backup IF anything goes wrong when they have the car?
If you are comfortable that the local garage has the right people with the right experience, they come through recommendation or personal experience then you should be OK.
I spent 20 years serving the motor industry, from the biggest main dealer down to a bloke in a shed, I saw more botchers in the sheds than in the main dealer! In this country you need no qualifications or experience to set yourself up as a 'car repair garage'. Without any background knowledge of who I'm dealing with, if any doubt exists I would always choose the main dealer.
Someone said to me, "so whats so special about an Alfa Romeo then?" I told him, "If you have to ask, you wont understand".
Driving Brera S 2.2, wife drives 939 Spider 2.2 and there is a 1972 Spider 2000 S2 in the garage for fun days.