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the Price of an Oil Change

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$ 35
Nov 2007
Moorpark, California
Toyota Corrola
Oil change and free car wash  more... close row
$ 50
Nov 2008
Austin, TX
Chevrolet Cavalier
Oil change with oil quality upgrade  more... close row
$ 75
Jan 2007
Akron, OH
Basic oil change with synthetic oil  more... close row

Description of service

Oil change - nothing special, just oil (synthetic, but not top-of-the-line), filter, fluid check, check air filter. In short, the usual.

Review of Service

I think I paid too much this time. I went to a new place, and once I was in, I felt obligated to keep on, even though the prices seemed way too high. On the other hand, the facilities were clean, the staff were polite and efficient, and they got the job done quickly, though there was a lot of pressure to upgrade on everything, to take the extra preventative service, and to pay for more expensive oil. I did take the synthetic oil, against my better judgment; in this climate, you really don't need it, and it's a lot more expensive. The attendant had the gall to act like I'd wounded him by not taking the premium oil. At least this place does know how to shut off the unusual change-oil indicator on my car - many others don't.


Don't fall for the upsell; you don't need synthetic oil unless you're in the frozen north. Don't take all the preventative maintenance unless you've checked your car's owner's manual, and are sure you really might need it. If clean, polite, and quick are critical, go to the expensive place, but if you can handle drawling, horse-playing attendants in a filthy shop, you can get just as good an oil change and get it a lot cheaper than this. Don't follow my example here.

$ 26
Oct 2008
San Diego, CA
Toyota Celica
Oil change with manipulative mechanic  more... close row
$ 20
Apr 2008
Bellflower, California
Saturn L300
Half price coupon for oil change  more... close row
$ 35
Aug 2007
Alameda, CA
Toyota Corolla
Oil Change while you wait  more... close row
$ 53
Dec 2008
Eastern, Iowa
Chevy Impala
Extra price worth it for good oil change  more... close row
$ 30
Jan 2008
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Routine oil change at non-chain shop  more... close row
$ 15
Dec 2007
Amarillo, TX
This price included a basic oil change  more... close row
$ 30
Mar 2008
waupaca, Wisconsin
dodge neon
Oil change with advice for other services  more... close row
$ 25
Mar 2008
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ford Ranger
I received a "while you wait" oil change  more... close row
$ 20
Feb 2008
Nashville TN
Chevy G-20 Van
Great experience with oil change  more... close row
$ 32
Apr 2007
Alameda, CA
Toyota Corolla
Drive Thru Oil Change  more... close row
$ 17
Dec 2007
Greenwood, IN
Hyundai Sonata
Cheap oil change, disappointing service  more... close row
$ 38
Mar 2008
Farubault, MN
Pontiac Montanna
Oil change while you stay in the car  more... close row
$ 40
Mar 2008
Cedar Rapids, IA
Incomplete Oil Change and Service  more... close row
$ 19
Mar 2008
Garland, TX
Fast and cheap oil change  more... close row