I have to agree that it's sometimes worth the peace of mind to just do it yourself. I'll freely admit to feeling that way myself about a lot of maintenance and repairs. And I never go to the "quick lube" places anymore. I can't beleive anyone still does. Do they not read the paper or listen to the news? The local Firestone treats us well, even if they try to sell us stuff sometimes. We just say "no thanks" and all is well.
Do you rotate your own tires?
A Mr. Lube was fined a few years ago. A lady went in with her Sable, and the associate added oil to the coolant reservoir, and after he realized his mistake he only added 2.5 or so quarts to the crankcase before the lady took off. Her engine died within a few hundred miles and the coolant was also compromised. The Lube shop manager didn't want to take the blame and finally admitted that some of his employees were trained by other inexperienced employees for a minimal amount of time before they were working on their own. It was a good write up.
Unless I need to lift the vehicle up more than a couple feet to do any work, I'll take it to a dealer, otherwise, I'll do it myself with my large homemade ramps.
Actually, I do rotate my own tires. The one exception is my Durango, as rotations are included every 8,000kms with the purchase of a new set of tires. There's no maximum mileage limit either. I've put on 70,000kms on the tires and they still look hardly worn at all!
All I need to get now is a tire changer and balance machine and I'll be all set toward being entirely self sufficient for my automotive needs. A 10K vehicle lift would also be handy, but I'd have to raise the garage...hmmm.