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Looking for cheapest most reliable place to get a synthetic oil change

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[OP]
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Nov 15, 2009
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Looking for cheapest most reliable place to get a synthetic oil change

i have an 06 jetta and i dont want to resort to the dealership
what the best and cheapest place to change the oil...preferably no appointment
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I usually do my oil change in MIDAS. I think the general price is around 24+tax.

However, you can go on to there website and print off a five-dollar coupon, which ends up like a bit over 20(include tax).
[OP]
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just called midas and he said there was a special on right now for synthetic oil changes.

VW dealer charges 99.95
MIDAS charges 110.95 lol
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Aug 19, 2006
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Just buy your own filter and oil and visit one of those small private shops. It takes them 10 minutes and you will probably pay 10-20$ for the job.
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sparklo wrote:
Sep 13th, 2010 1:16 pm
I usually do my oil change in MIDAS. I think the general price is around 24+tax.

However, you can go on to there website and print off a five-dollar coupon, which ends up like a bit over 20(include tax).

That's not for synthetic. The average price is $90.
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I just called Midas, they charge $39.95 for oil change and inspection points and $10 more with tire rotation. I do found the $5 off coupon online, but where you guys get $24.99 quote?

I called everywhere for basic oil change, Mr. Lube $44.99, Midas $39.99, Fountain Tire $40, Canadian Tire 39.99. It is basically the same everywhere.
[OP]
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I was asking about Synthetic Oil Change.

this is what i got:
Active Green and Ross said 69.99 over the phone, went in and they quoted me 115.99
Oilchangers said 59.95 over the phone, went in and they quoted me 110.99
phone quotes for the following

Mr.Lube - 82.99
Jiffy - 79.95
Midas - 110.99
Great Canadian Oil - 69.99
VW dealer 99.99

Costco does not carry my filter
Dec 31, 1969
vdubber wrote:
Sep 14th, 2010 2:51 pm
I was asking about Synthetic Oil Change.

this is what i got:
Active Green and Ross said 69.99 over the phone, went in and they quoted me 115.99
Oilchangers said 59.95 over the phone, went in and they quoted me 110.99
phone quotes for the following

Mr.Lube - 82.99
Jiffy - 79.95
Midas - 110.99
Great Canadian Oil - 69.99
VW dealer 99.99

Costco does not carry my filter

WTF? Why the difference? Should have got the name of the person on the phone and then chewed out their manager about bait-and-hooking.

I seriously doubt you're going to get anything better than $70, it's synthetic after all and everyone has to make a profit. Keep in mind with the cheaper places, you may be getting whatever bulk synthetic they carry and not necessarily what's recommended/approved for your car, ergo the lower prices. In that case you'll have to pay the premium going to the dealer, but at least you won't risk damaging your engine with a lesser oil. An alternative is to find an independent VW-certified mechanic in your area, should be ~$20 cheaper than the dealer depending on the difference in markups. Lastly, if you happen to be in the US try a dealer there, you may be pleasantly surprised e.g. BMW of Buffalo charges $90 for an oil change, which is only $5 more expensive than an indie here in Toronto and they give me a complimentary car wash to boot.

Of course, if you can do your own oil changes, you can get away with paying $50 or less, but I totally understand this is not possible for everyone.
[OP]
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apparently all quotes given on the phone were for 4 quarts of oil and filter. Since my car is an import it takes a little over 6 quarts of oil and the filter is a "special" filter as they called it. They said that they charge $12/quart for the synthetic oil...

i went to CT and it was actually on sale : Castol Synthetic 5W40 (brand and weight recommended by dealer) 4.4L jug for $29.79, and $6.99 for 1L bottle.

i figure if i buy the oil from CT and filter from dealer ($18.02), i can take it to a mech and have them do it

on a side note...went into Walmart and they said they will charge me $62.00 even for a complete change including a FRAM filter.
Dec 31, 1969
Ugh, don't put anything FRAM in your car, especially an oil filter. Google them and you'll see the bottom-of-the-barrel paper crap they use in their oil filters. NAPA Gold is a much better filter at a comparable price.

You can buy OEM filters cheaper on eBay if you order 2 or more at the same time. Mann/Mahle filters, which are OEM for BMW, run about $5-10 each depending on quantity and include the replacement O-rings as well. Can't imagine VW filters being any more expensive.
[OP]
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Nov 15, 2009
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i usually buy my car parts online, never really trusted ebay
worldimpex.com has the filter for 13.30
germanautoparts.com is 10.50
ecstuning.com is 13.26 ..all are genuine VW/Audi Parts

i figure ill buy from the dealer this time since im in a rush, and next time ill order online
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Dec 23, 2003
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With my cars (civic and camry), I take my oil to the dealership and let them do the oil change. They credit me the cost of the oil and they use the oil I supplied.

Pick up a 5 litre jug of mobil 1 for $30 at walmart (don't flame me about this not being real synthetic, bla bla.. its better then dino) and take it to the dealership.

Problem solved.
Newbie
Sep 30, 2013
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North York
Call or visit Canadian Tire and ask for Synthetic in Ecobox. It is full synthetic Quaker State. It should cost $80-85.
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