There’s a big difference between the shops you see on every corner and the shops that have only a few locations in total. In addition to cost, there are other things to consider. Because of consolidator’s high overhead and commitment to gross profit goals, their priorities are to the bottom line and not always necessarily to what’s best for your vehicle. This way they are able to get as many cars in as possible, making up the cost. Take this into consideration when making your decision.
With independent shops, it’s not uncommon for the business owner to be there. Because of this, the shop is able to go directly to management, getting deals and additional help for the customers. As he is the main decision maker of the business, he’s able to make these decisions that consolidator shop workers might not be able to make.