Originally Posted by Butters_33
Living in the region I feel your pain Badass69. Everything is more expensive up here so businesses can take advantage of the oil patch cash flow. And since I don't work in the oil field everything seems that much more expensive to me, LOL. Oh well, I won't live here forever.
I bought my truck at Ducharme and have had it serviced there ever since but now that I am nearly past the factory warranty (just about to hit 59K) I am going to start doing my own maintenance. I usually get a tire rotation, inspection, and oil change (full synthetic 0w20) to the tune of $260. I can do it all at home for $100 tops.
I am a small company in the oilfield myself and they try and rake us over the coals...... because the big companies let them have it done to them because it's such a small expense in the bucket they just don't care. That isn't exclusive to any one dealer out here..... it's all of them. I was surprised on parts for my old GMC though as Lake City was cheaper than even my old hometown dealer for a new encoder motor on the transfer case. But that says nothing for the service aspect of course.
For Ford I have always been told by fellow Ford owners of the area to deal with Zarowny in St Paul for service. I haven't dealt there but have friends that have. It's funny too as one in particular buys his trucks at Ducharme and services at Zarowny lol.
I am going to do all my own work on the truck, likely including some things that could be deemed "warranty" so my biggest thing will be a source for parts if it's something I want oem.
As long as you have a place you can do your own stuff that is comfortable, and hopefully warm
, you will be light years ahead on cost!