Profiteering surely?

Well it’s not often that I rant, but boy am I all riled. I have booked my car in for a service this week, and I can’t help getting a strong senbse that becasue the tightening economy and folks not investing much in new cars, that the main dealers are absolutely taking the p*%$ with servicing costs to make up the deficit. Are they prepared to negotiate – Hell no – “it’s fixed price servicing sir” is what I’m told. I’m between a rock and a hard place really because I took the car on a personal contract plan, so taking it for a service at the independent garage down the road could cost me (it might not, but can’t afford conversation about invalidating warranties) Grrrr I feel incensed 😦