I can't speak for most Lotus owners, but, dealers price and (driving) distance themselves out of the market for minor work. It is about 450 miles round trip to the nearest dealer in my area. It takes 6 times longer to drive the car to the dealer and back, than what it takes to perform the oil change myself. I have done my own oil changes/transmission fluid changes/brake fluid changes, more as a time savings than a cash savings. Plus, I get to pick the exact fluid and filters I prefer. When the shift cable broke, the thought of pushing the car onto a flatbed trailer and towing it to the dealer never entered my mind; I fixed it myself. When I priced having a supercharger installed on my Elise, the dealer labor rate was $1000 higher than any of the other authorized installation centers. The "local" dealer has a poor reputation, with other Lotus Talk members posting pictures of "duct tape" repairs performed by the dealer. If a dealer wants my business, they can't be a long distance away, be overpriced and they must do quality work I can trust.
Storm titanium 2005 Elise with carbon fiber spoiler, BWR sway bar, BOE toe links, gPan2, LidBone, sector 111 wheel studs, Grey RAC Monolite wheels with toyo R1R, Team Dynamics 1.4 with Hoosier A6/R6s, Katana2 Supercharger, ECU with 265 flash. PPE headers w/decat, CEL angle eliminator, Silent touch catback, Rear Panel Eliminator, HKS intake, V2 fuel tank, Walbro255 fuel pump. HID lights.