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What is the difference in drive thru oil change places vs a dealership? I know these drive thru oil change place charge almost the same prices as a dealership that is what i think? What do you think of these services?

asked Mar 20 '11 at 19:22

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edited Mar 20 '11 at 22:23

Always trust your dealer. I've heard some quick oil change shop horrors - everything from oil filters never being changed, to the "Technician" forgetting to put oil in the car, or replace the drain plug, after doing the change. Your dealership has a great deal of interest in keeping your car - the one that keeps you putting money in their pockets, and might be traded in to them later - on the road, and running well. They are far more likely to ensure that the process is done correctly, simply because they have to protect their interests.

The first time I went to a local quick lube place, they handed me a wavier absolving them of any damage that occurred after their work was complete. I immediately pulled my car out of their lot, spent about 50 bucks at Napa on the ride home (Had to buy drain pans, ratchet heads, rags, a spare drain plug, wheel ramps, a filter remover, and oil+filter to swap in) and did my first ever oil change that weekend. Now that I have all the parts necessary, an oil change costs me 15 bucks at worst, and 45 minutes of my day. Since I don't have a dealer to maintain my car (I usually buy private sale or consignment) it's the cheapest and most trustworthy route - and since my regular mechanic for the big stuff tells me I'm taking decent care of my car, I feel pretty good about it, too.

answered Mar 20 '11 at 23:58

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Yep, your right. Same with me i rather do it myself as i said from my last comment. Yes also i would trust the dealer more, i saw a video of jiffy lube trying to riping people off by not changing oil filter only the the oil and they were charging your for the full oil change when they only did half the job.

(Mar 22 '11 at 00:13) carfreak9101 carfreak9101's gravatar image

I wouldn't know. I've never taken any of my vehicles to the shop before except to get new windshields. I prefer to do all my maintenance myself. You save tons of money if you know what you're doing and it can be very fun.

answered Mar 20 '11 at 21:20

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I know, me too i would just get all the maintenance done myself instead of someone else doing your you. If you do it yourself you are sure that you buy the right and quality parts.

(Mar 20 '11 at 22:23) carfreak9101 carfreak9101's gravatar image

If the prices are almost the same then I would go to the dealer. That way the person there knows your car and exactly how to change the oil. I understand that it is not the most difficult thing to do but it can't hurt to have someone more experienced with that type or car. My parents and rest of family take the car to the dealer for most things however my dad likes to change the oil in his SUV himself, where he will take my moms in. Not really sure why....

answered Mar 20 '11 at 20:19

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