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Do you use dealership for oil changes??

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Do you use dealership for oil changes??

Quick question for everyone here as Im curious as to the answers. My Honda Civic just reminded me that its time for a service appointment (Oil and Filter change / tire rotation). Seeing as it is now just out of warranty.. do people continue taking the cars to the dealership.. or would you recommend going to get the Oil and Filter done at a mister lube ish kind of place or option C?

Evaluating my options as this service through Honda Canada costs $300+ LOL
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Oil change only and nothing more.
What you are being quoted is for "inspection", which can be argued if its even done at all.
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It's cheap to get 0W-20 semi synthetic at my dealership ($54.95 IIRC) for my Venza. It's a loss leader for them. I just make sure they don't add a cabin air filter or engine air filter in the service, as I can buy 3 of each for what they charge for one. Even on sale, the oil and filter costs almost that if I was to do it myself.
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Kiraly wrote: I paid $450 for lifetime oil, lube, and filter changes at the dealer when I bought my Mazda 3 in 2007. Had 34 of them done over 11 years, works out to $13.24 each.
This is not a deal, you gave them the money up front, you are forced to use the dealer, they will up sell you, their maintenance schedules are not the same as the recommended schedule.
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You're going to hear a lot of opinions.

I have only taken my car to the dealership for recall work and when I need warranty.

All maintenance work I go elsewhere.
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blexann wrote: This is not a deal, you gave them the money up front, you are forced to use the dealer, they will up sell you, their maintenance schedules are not the same as the recommended schedule.
It is a very good deal. The potential upsell is your choice, has nothing to do with the oil change.
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You can pay anywhere from under 30$ (DIY) to getting the full synthetic package with the fancy waiting room at close to $100 at some dealers. They will all accomplish the same thing, it's up to you on what you want to spend on "extras".
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blexann wrote: This is not a deal, you gave them the money up front, you are forced to use the dealer, they will up sell you, their maintenance schedules are not the same as the recommended schedule.
It was a deal.
I paid <$15 per oil change.
They tried to upsell me.
I refused their upsells and went by the manufacturer's recommended schedule.
Saying no isn't that hard.
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Only while I'm under warranty. After that I do them myself.
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Dealer is less than 10 minutes away, prices are reasonable, the folks are nice and the coffee tastes good
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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dealer for '15 vw diesel....$100 ..seems very reasonable.
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how hard is it to DIY oil change on that particular civic? op do you have a set of ramps and some basic hand tools? I understand sometimes it's not possible due to space limitations and restrictions.
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I prefer to go to a mechanic where I can see the work being done. Re: igarage

YMMV but at a dealership, you'll likely have unprofessional kids working on your car. I remember walking into a Ford dealership in Scarborough and I nope'd the hell out of there.
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papermate2 wrote: I prefer to go to a mechanic where I can see the work being done. Re: igarage

YMMV but at a dealership, you'll likely have unprofessional kids working on your car. I remember walking into a Ford dealership in Scarborough and I nope'd the hell out of there.
After my first free courtesy oil change at Ford, I went back a 2nd time and paid $140 for an oil change, plus inspection and caught the tech on camera doing nothing else other than changing the oil...never again!

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