BMW dealership vs BMW independent mechanic?

Which is cheaper to go to? I've always known mechanics to be a cheaper option till today when the mechanic wanted almost 3k to change out my oil pan, oil gasket and valve cover When the dealership wanted literally half that amount. I'm not sure if I'm being conned or taken for a fool or... show more Which is cheaper to go to?

I've always known mechanics to be a cheaper option till today when the mechanic wanted almost 3k to change out my oil pan, oil gasket and valve cover

When the dealership wanted literally half that amount. I'm not sure if I'm being conned or taken for a fool or something.

Aren't independent mechanics supposed to be cheaper?
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