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Best and most reputable chain store for oil change

Ancalagon 4,000 293 October 4, 2011 at 10:14 PM
I realize the DIY'ers would say that the slick deal would be changing it myself, but work, school, and an apartment complex hamper my ability to do it in any cost effective manner.

That said, I hear plenty of horror stories about Firestone so that's out for me, but I'm not quite sure where that leaves me. Are there any places that will do my oil change for me with a filter I supply? I don't quite trust the quality of what filter a place like Jiffy Lube or Tire Kingdom would use, especially if I'm paying for a bargain oil change.

I could possibly get my pesky Honda dealership to do it for a good price if they think they may get business out of me (little of course do they know they won't).

Thoughts?

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Some people change their oil in the parking lots of public parks or self-serve car washes and take along a 3' x 5' steel pan to catch spills.

Car dealers aren't that expensive, and the last time I checked, about a decade ago, Jiffy Lube charged at least as much as they did (I'm not talking Mercedes or Lexus dealers). Many dealers even have 30-minute guarantees, and there are also independent garages that specialize in certain makes of vehicles and are staffed by factory trained mechanics.

If you go to a quick lube place the first time, take along a friend as a witness because if the place screws up, you can bet that all the employees will corroborate any lies told by one of htem.

Get just the oil and filter changed, and tell them you do NOT want them to check other fluids or top them off because they typically put in universal fluids that don't meet manufacturer's specs. This is especially true with transmission fluid (can be a very expensive mistake), antifreeze (incompatible with factory fill), and even power steering fluid (aluminum pumps need special fluid). I wouldn't even let them inspect the air filter because many filter housings have a lot of hardware hanging on them, and some clamps can be hard to close, meaning it will be left open.
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+1 on Juffy lube. Many of them hire McDonalds rejects.

I'd try the dealer too. My Dodge dealer has $29.95 specials all the time. The wait is usually the only issue with them. But if you are in their waiting room, most of them will get your car done quickly.

Totally resist the urge to buy any other crap they try to sell you. Oil changes are loss leaders used to get you to buy other, uneeded services.
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Checked my Honda dealership's website, $24.95 special, I'm in at that price.
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Quote from Ancalagon View Post :
Checked my Honda dealership's website, $24.95 special, I'm in at that price.
This is a good bet for an OEM change. Just make sure they dont put the filter on too tight. My local dealer put the filter on a family members accord on so tight that I had to break the filter to get it off. If memory serves the TQ spec is 13 NM for the oil filter.
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Midas. They seem to do a lot for $34. But just say 'no' to anything else that they want to do.
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you need to remember each chain has differnt people depending on the location. If you read reviews you will find one Jiffy Lube place has a great rep and another will be poor.

The Dealer is a good place to start as hopefully they do have a set policy and you know they are using the correct oil and filter
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Ideally, you would go with your local, TRUSTED, reasonably priced mechanic. If you don't have one (and can't get a solid recommendation from friends/family), then the dealer is your next best alternative.

If neither of those work and you *must* go to a lube chain (again, I'd try to stay as far away as possible), I've had positive experiences with Oil Can Henry's the few time's I have gone. They *will* try to up-sell you on crap you don't need... And, while I'm not saying they are trust-able, but I put them above that of a Jiffy Lube.
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Ask what type of filter you get.
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Sears has a coupon deal regularly for $21.00 (oil/filter change). I like it....
I also patronize (Central/NOrthern California) OIL CHANGERS They do a great job as well (no coupons)
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Got it done at Honda, turned down the upselling, etc. Not bad for $25.
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I always go to midas, you can usually find a coupon online or in the mail for a $19 or $20 oil change and tire rotation which includes the visual check of belts hoses etc and they never try to sell me stuff I don't need or ask for. I have an accord and haven't had a problem in years Smilie
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I go to kwik kar, it's pretty fast, however they tried to tell me i need other stuff changed all the time
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My relative always got their oil changed at the same place. Then during one change the place says the transmission fluid is really dirty and needs to be changed for $70 or whatever, so I get the call and am asked if that should be done. I found it strange since I had fixed a transmission leak for them a short time before and put in fresh fluid. I then checked the fluid again, and it was so clean I could barely see it on the stick. Scratchchin

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