The used car market is inundated by flood cars damaged by major storms and hurricanes. While Southern California has not been hit by hurricanes like our friends on the Southeast and Gulf Coast, there is still reason to be vigilant. The fact is that 50 percent of cars damaged in floods and/or heavy precipitation end up back on the road, and not necessarily in the same state where the initial damage occurred.
No one mechanic or shop is the best solution for all vehicle repairs. Obviously, there are people who do body work verses ones who fix that weird sound your car makes on the highway. Warranty-related work is best handled by the dealership, but an oil change does not need to be. Sometimes you even find a good local mechanic or a neighbor that works on cars.