If you need your car repaired, try Blue Ridge Sports Cars Ltd. They do a good job and are honest. We have been taking our Volvo to them since moving to Baltimore from the Severna Park area.
The nice thing is that they will recommend what needs to be done. We have taken our car to Firestone for tires but they come back with a laundry list of things that they say needs to be done. They even told me that I needed new brake rotors one time and I believed them, but asked to save the rotors. When I showed the rotors to the auto repair shop, they said that they were still perfectly good and couldn’t believe that Firestone had replaced them. They said to keep them for future use.
The Volvo is getting older, but being a Volvo, it has been hanging in there pretty well. But when some things have gone bad, Blue Ridge has called around to junk yards and other places and been able to find replacement parts at much lower prices than if Volvo parts were purchased. In some cases they say that you need to go with the Volvo parts, either for safety or that is the only place you can get them, but generally they can get you a deal.
There have been times when they got one part replaced and it came with several other parts attached and they said that had significantly longer life expectancy than what I had and because only the one part was paid for and not all the attached parts, I had saved hundreds of dollars. Not like when my wife goes to a sale and saves me money by buying a bunch of stuff.
Crazy thing is that I had been going there for several years and one day got to talking with the owner, Don, and found out that we had been in the same class in high school. Obviously I am not recommending them because of that since I had been going there for several years already when I found it out and was already a happy customer.