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?
Answer by TheTechDude · Mar 20, 2011 at 09:19 PM
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....
Answer by chadt4 · Mar 20, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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.
Answer by KnightZero · Mar 21, 2011 at 12:58 AM
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.
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