It’s tough, because I like techs, respect what they do and want them to make more money than they do, BUT I would never take my car to a dealer unless it was something like warranty or recall work. Vocational schools aren’t even eligible for Perkins grants anymore for their automotive programs because the trade itself has removed itself from eligibility, because the salary is so low nationally that it no longer qualifies. Think about that...the government doesn’t even consider automotive technicians as a career suitable for investment because of the low salary. Yet dealerships are charging these prices and doing just fine. Something is very very broken in automotive land...the guys doing the work aren’t getting paid like they should, but someone is.
You‘ll get absolutely torn to pieces at a dealership, they need to make money because...well, they have a right to that (plus high overhead) and you pay through the roof for services you don’t really need...brake fluid flush (which probably end up being a master cylinder turkey baster job), a ”upper engine cleaning service”, $100 bucks or more for a cabin air filter that you could do yourself for $15, an engine air filter (see cabin air filter), “fuel injector cleaning”...you want to know how some guys clean your injectors? By charging you $150 bucks for it and throwing the fuel injector cleaner into the t barrel or bottom of their tool box. And guess what? It wouldn’t make a difference anyway - the fuel injection “cleaning” is like buying a piece of swamp land.
I think the automotive industry is thoroughly broken right now. The cars are made too good and good techs are leaving the industry at a rapid pace.