I can vouch for this as I have done it multiple times.
And over time, I have saved thousands.
It's worth checking out.
I bring my car to a local vocational/technical high school.
Here, students learn trades, and often work in co-op their senior year. In my case, the school is ASE certified and these students are more than likely to be working on my car the following year, anyway, in local garages.
I have had brakes done, tie rods replaced, sway bar repaired (or replaced ...whatever it is they do), as well as oil changes and new-to-me car inspections. Schools charge for parts; not labor.
For example, replacing my brakes cost me about $100.
In my case, customers call the school and are transferred to the auto shop. There, they make the appointment.
This works best if you don't need your car that day, but perhaps you can wait for it. Everyplace is different.
I drop mine off in the morning and pick it up after school. Only once did they need it overnight. But the savings made it worth the wait.
Call your local vocational school and ask if they accept jobs from the general public. Students need opportunities to work on their craft It's the seniors who are doing the job and they are working under certified mechanic instructors.
It's a win-win.