Of course I want my 2004 Civic to last a long time and perform as best it can, but the recommended service schedule posted by dealers in my area seems like a ripoff. Rather, the prices seem way out of line with the work performed. You can see an example of the recommended service levels in this set of charts--most of it involves checking and inspecting, some of which is for things I can easily do myself (seatbelts, lights, wipers). What gets me is the pricing: approx $30 for A (okay), $100 for B (hmm), $230 for C (guh?), and $350 for D (tee hee, well ... they are replacing some things). So... am I way out of line thinking that the higher levels of service cost too much? I'm happy to get a regular oil change every 4-5 thousand miles, and when I do I ask them to give the car a look over. In my (rather amateur) mind, I could see inserting an extra "A" between each of the other letters, and perhaps that would be just fine. Or am I going to screw my car with this kind of attitude? Lastly, should I just go to an independent shop that I trust and ask them to do the checks, if I can get a better rate there?