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the Price of an Oil Change

Price 
Location 
Year 
Submitted by  
Description
$ 50
Nov 2008
Austin, TX
Chevrolet Cavalier
2003
Oil change with oil quality upgrade  more... close row
$ 75
Jan 2007
Akron, OH
0
Basic oil change with synthetic oil  more... close row
$ 35
Nov 2007
Moorpark, California
Toyota Corrola
2003
Oil change and free car wash  more... close row
$ 26
Oct 2008
San Diego, CA
Toyota Celica
1996
Oil change with manipulative mechanic  more... close row
$ 20
Apr 2008
Bellflower, California
Saturn L300
2003
Half price coupon for oil change  more... close row

Description of service

The oil change was $40 regular price but I had a coupon knocking that down to $19.99. They just did your typical oil change and basic inspection (e.g., fluids, tire tread). The price of course included fees for disposing of the used oil.


Review of Service

Since it's a pretty basic task, the service was friendly and quick. The whole process took maybe 20-25 minutes. They offer you additional services which I kind of find offensive because I assume they're just trying to squeeze some more money out of me even though I may not need the service. But when you refuse they kindly back off.


Tips

They suckered me in for an additional $20 to replace my air filter which I normally refuse and do myself but since I was going on a trip I wanted to just get it done. Generally, I find that they recommend additional services that aren't really necessary. So I typically refuse and check it out myself after the fact. I'm no mechanic but some of this stuff just takes some common-sense and is reasonably simple to do on your own.

Going early in the morning is a good idea because you beat the crowds. Also, depending on the establishment (e.g., a place that only does oil changes versus the service center at a dealership) you can sometimes squeeze out a free vacuuming, window cleaning, or even a car wash.


$ 35
Aug 2007
Alameda, CA
Toyota Corolla
2000
Oil Change while you wait  more... close row
$ 53
Dec 2008
Eastern, Iowa
Chevy Impala
2004
Extra price worth it for good oil change  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
2005
Oil change with advice for other services  more... close row
$ 25
Mar 2008
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ford Ranger
2002
I received a "while you wait" oil change  more... close row
$ 20
Feb 2008
Nashville TN
Chevy G-20 Van
1995
Great experience with oil change  more... close row
$ 30
Jan 2008
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ford/Escape
2002
Routine oil change at non-chain shop  more... close row
$ 32
Apr 2007
Alameda, CA
Toyota Corolla
2000
Drive Thru Oil Change  more... close row
$ 17
Dec 2007
Greenwood, IN
Hyundai Sonata
2005
Cheap oil change, disappointing service  more... close row
$ 38
Mar 2008
Farubault, MN
Pontiac Montanna
1998
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