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I think that most car salesman would probably have that bad attitude towards imports, because they must have lost so many sales due to sensible people by-passing their dealerships and saving themselves some money!
Why dont you see if you can find a good local independent garage who will value your custom and will look after you and your car. My three year RAC unlimited warranty states that I can use ANY VAT REGISTERED GARAGE for necessary work/service etc on my car, and it wont affect the warranty at all.
Usually you can build up a good, friendly relationship with the local garage and often they will look at your car if you have a problem, sort out silly little problems without cost, and without telling you to book it in as dealers do. If dealers break off from what they are scheduled to do, to have a quick look at your car, it would upset their target for that day!
There was a feature about this on Top Gear last year. Basically they got a guy from an official dealership to admit that the only reason they wont offer you as much on an import is, like GR said, sour grapes.