so i have been exposed to all three. I went to a community college fist and after graduation I went on to get a 4 year degree in automotive. down the road I worked at UTI for almost 10 years. I can only speak to my career and I would say the 4 year degree was the best thing I did. It has opened up more oppertunities than I could every imagine. I would say if you dont want a 4 year, go to a comunity college much less expensive, you will have credits that are transferable incase those knees start hurting and you want to do something else. UTI,WYO or lincolin are ok but very fast paced which often lead to a little knowledge about a lot of areas but not an expert enough to service most vehicle systems.