INDEPENDENT SERVICE VS DEALER NETWORK
For the Range Rover owner whose warranty has expired, it is always a dilemma whether to use the dealer or an independent shop. The Land Rover dealership network in the United States is not as extensive as that for other brands of cars and trucks, but is of generally high quality. There are strict criteria used for choosing dealers, including requirements for installing special vehicle hoists, and factory training of mechanics. Naturally, few bargains are to be found at the dealers in terms of parts prices or labor rates, but dealer mechanics generally know what they are doing and any mistakes are quickly corrected at no cost. With specialized diagnostic equipment becoming common with independent specialists the difference between dealer and non-dealer capabilities is diminishing.
If you take your Range Rover to an independent shop, be sure it is familiar with the marque. Even the routine servicing of a Range Rover Classic, for example, involves such things as checking the oil level in the swivel pin housings, a component most mechanics, including some of those advertising themselves as "British Car" specialists, are not even aware of. Hourly labor rates are generally less than at the dealer, but you pay for more hours if the mechanic is not familiar with the task at hand, and omission of vital servicing needs can lead to problems down the road.
Below you will find a compilation of high quality Independent Service Shops that come highly recommended by our members. These shops often employ Land Rover factory-trained mechanics and are familiar with the special peculiarities and needs of Range Rovers. Those interested in finding more non-dealer mechanics might find the information at
BushDucks.com very useful with its comprehensive listing of independent shops claiming to specialize in Land Rovers.