Six parts gin to one
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: United Kingdom
You make a fair point, Barmybob (and v sorry to hear about your 166). For me, there are two main aspects for the garage: being able and willing to do a decent job and knowing a bit more than usual about Alfas. When you say, "... and use any garage with your eyes wide open" I am sure you are correct but at some point I feel I have to take on trust the standard of workmanship and care. I use a local independent who was recommended on here and by the people from whom I bought the car but I have no real way of knowing how good he is. So far so good, though.
For me there are also secondary indicators of quality (or is this wishful thinking?): if the mechanic takes time to talk about the car and explain what he has done then I tend to feel that he has probably done a good job.