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Cheapest Oil Change

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Cheapest Oil Change

Where's the cheapest place to go now for an oil change? I'd be interested in options for conventional and synthetic. It is a small car that would not involve any oil quantity upcharges. Also, do any of the major lube chains do changes if you BYO oil+filter?
I know of Meineke which will do a conventional oil change for an advertised $19.95 ($22.54 w/tax), do they tack on eco BS or fees onto that?

Cost for me to do it myself is either $34 for synthetic or $20.34 for conventional , taxes in. I'm reaching a point where I'm not sure its worth rolling in the dirt for an hour to save $10 if there are reasonably priced options out there.

I'd be looking in the Oshawa/Whitby area or the Aurora/Newmarket area.
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cant beat costco for synthetic
i save over $50 per change
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pessimism wrote: Where's the cheapest place to go now for an oil change? I'd be interested in options for conventional and synthetic. It is a small car that would not involve any oil quantity upcharges. Also, do any of the major lube chains do changes if you BYO oil+filter?
I know of Meineke which will do a conventional oil change for an advertised $19.95 ($22.54 w/tax), do they tack on eco BS or fees onto that?

Cost for me to do it myself is either $34 for synthetic or $20.34 for conventional , taxes in. I'm reaching a point where I'm not sure its worth rolling in the dirt for an hour to save $10 if there are reasonably priced options out there.

I'd be looking in the Oshawa/Whitby area or the Aurora/Newmarket area.
Where have you been going for oil changes up till now ? And how much have you been paying ?

What model year and how kms on your car ?
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Walmart is $35 for conventional. At my walmart they use Purolator filter and Penzoil bulk; there are eco fees for the oil and the filter
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Wow where do you guys find oil change places for under $25? I recently tried to change the oil on a 4-cylinder small car and prices ranged from $35 to $50 in third-world ghetto mechanic shops in the GTA where I figured it would be cheapest, I didn't even tried to go to other more trendy places.
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Gammatron wrote: Wow where do you guys find oil change places for under $25? I recently tried to change the oil on a 4-cylinder small car and prices ranged from $35 to $50 in third-world ghetto mechanic shops in the GTA where I figured it would be cheapest, I didn't even tried to go to other more trendy places.
Active Green and Ross is quite cheap. Maybe around $20-25. It shouldn't take you an hour to change your oil. If you have a hydraulic jack it will make getting under the car easier.
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Just made an oil change a week ago.

100% synthetic quakerstate $18 5 L + Oil filter for $5 + paid 10 bucks to the mechanic to do the job. All came out to be $33 taxes in. And I have 1 liter of oil left.
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I've used Midas - they usually charge $29.95 + taxes, I believe - I think you can get a $5 off coupon at their website - http://midas.com/Services/OilChange/tab ... fault.aspx

Yes, I realize it's not cheaper than what you posted - just saying another option for other people...
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NEVER go to those quick lube place. You've been warned.

If you want cheap oil change, only check your local independent shop. Especially the one you can stay near the work area and see the mechanic working.
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jetway1212 wrote: NEVER go to those quick lube place. You've been warned.
If you want cheap oil change, only check your local independent shop. Especially the one you can stay near the work area and see the mechanic working.
I suspect the million customers a day across North America would disagree with you.

As for cheap oil changes, there has been a trend at some shops to use re-refined (recycled) oils. There is nothing wrong with them and they are cheaper. If you can find one that uses re-refined oil, you may save a few bucks.
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jetway1212 wrote: NEVER go to those quick lube place. You've been warned.

If you want cheap oil change, only check your local independent shop. Especially the one you can stay near the work area and see the mechanic working.
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DrAlex wrote: Just made an oil change a week ago.

100% synthetic quakerstate $18 5 L + Oil filter for $5 + paid 10 bucks to the mechanic to do the job. All came out to be $33 taxes in. And I have 1 liter of oil left.
No way that's ' 100% synthetic ' ...it's likely a lower quality semi or ' full synthetic '.

That said, $18 for 5L of ' full synthetic ' seems pretty darn good.
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poedua wrote:
No way that's ' 100% synthetic ' ...it's likely a lower quality semi or ' full synthetic '.

That said, $18 for 5L of ' full synthetic ' seems pretty darn good.
No, It's QuakerState Ultimate durability 100% full synthetic.
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poedua wrote: Where have you been going for oil changes up till now ? And how much have you been paying ?

What model year and how kms on your car ?
DIY, 2008 148K. Normally use full synthetic.
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Pete_Coach wrote: I suspect the million customers a day across North America would disagree with you.

As for cheap oil changes, there has been a trend at some shops to use re-refined (recycled) oils. There is nothing wrong with them and they are cheaper. If you can find one that uses re-refined oil, you may save a few bucks.
Millions across NA eat McDonalds and KFC every day too.. Is it healthy way to feed yourself? No

General public isn't aware of quick lube place using recycled oil. In some case they scammed you for other "top -up" service. How would they disagree if they dont even know? Anyway, suit yourself...

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