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$29.99 Midas oil change. Until Sept 27

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Jan 20, 2011
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zero64 wrote: As much as I hate these places, the price makes it hard to justify doing it at home.
I drive a 350K+ POS and I still wouldn't let them do it if they paid me
By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings
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Aug 24, 2016
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Coz4k wrote: We also changed your blinker fluid. It was critical. So... total comes to... 254.99$
And in Manitoba the customer would respond “what’s a blinker”?
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Dec 27, 2008
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recordman wrote: That's assuming you can leave the place only with an oil change. They'll say the car needs a lot more work done, and you may feel paranoid not giving into their up-sell. My mechanic charges a lot more for an oil change, but I trust his opinion when something really needs changing before the next check-up.
Just say no and if you're actually concerned, take it to your guy.
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Aug 24, 2016
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zero64 wrote: As much as I hate these places, the price makes it hard to justify doing it at home.
It’s an ok price if you just don’t want to do it on your own, and you’re ok with conventional oil.
I prefer full synthetic oil, which I get on sale, for around $30 for 5L, and do my own oil changes.
I just changed my oil after just over 9k kms, only because it was 6 months old.
Oil life monitor still said 48%.
No way I would do 9k kms on conventional oil, so you’re doing it twice as often.
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You just have to trust the Midas touch. Didn't you get the memo
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ayylmao wrote: how much is the disposal fee?
And my all time favourite “shop supplies” charge.
You’re changing my damn oil!
Aside from the oil and filter that I’m already paying for, what is this “shop supplies” that I’m paying for?
They charge it because they can.
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Feb 22, 2013
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You will also get a window sticker informing you to come back in 5,000 km. There are different oil filter qualities based on the filters internal construction. I wonder if quick lubes use a priority filter designed only to last 5,000 km.

There are many videos like this on oil filters
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Mar 16, 2011
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signops wrote: I changed oil in one of these locations and they put a non standard filter. My regular mechanic said he had a hard time taking it off - so I skip these locations.

I mean no disrespect to your regular mechanic, I'm sure he's a nice guy, but if he had a hard time taking off a simple oil filter, with what I assume is a vast amount of experience and tools/equipment at his disposal, I'd skip his location as well Winking Face
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coolintheshade wrote: And in Manitoba the customer would respond “what’s a blinker”?
Manitoba sounds like heaven for BMW drivers.
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Nov 21, 2014
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PureSolidness wrote: I mean no disrespect to your regular mechanic, I'm sure he's a nice guy, but if he had a hard time taking off a simple oil filter, with what I assume is a vast amount of experience and tools/equipment at his disposal, I'd skip his location as well Winking Face
There’s hand tight oil filter installation and then there’s using an oil filter socket and tightening it with your air impact wrench.

Oil filters shouldn’t be hard to remove. If you’re using a tool and it’s still difficult to remove it was overtightened.
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Thanks but no thanks OP.

Don’t quite trust Midas enough. Especially with issues like stripped oil drain plugs, missing oil drain plug washers, overtightened oil filters etc….
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Apr 5, 2018
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EasyCompany251 wrote: Thanks but no thanks OP.

Don’t quite trust Midas enough. Especially with issues like stripped oil drain plugs, missing oil drain plug washers, overtightened oil filters etc….
This is what I meant too. My mechanic had a long stint in Lexus before he branched out to open his shop. He's super experienced and always tried to fix the issue than replace a part and bill me. I used to buy second hand vehicles and wouldn't trust anyone else to get them in great shape. These Midas locations have young inexperienced mechanics cutting their teeth on these oil changes. The oil filter in my case was overtightened and my mechanic didn't want to force it. He got it out eventually but told me about it. I like the small shops where the owner is the chief mechanic and takes genuine care of the customer and the vehicle.
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Apr 5, 2018
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PureSolidness wrote: I mean no disrespect to your regular mechanic, I'm sure he's a nice guy, but if he had a hard time taking off a simple oil filter, with what I assume is a vast amount of experience and tools/equipment at his disposal, I'd skip his location as well Winking Face
He worked for 15+ years with Lexus, so I trust him completely. The same could be said of lug nuts on your tires. Most shops(incl Costco) specifically mention that they tighten the nuts by hand than using a power tool because after a salty winter, it could be very difficult to remove them if they were over tightened. I'm still trying to find a guy like him as I moved.
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signops wrote: These Midas locations have young inexperienced mechanics cutting their teeth on these oil changes.
Yes unfortunately I do believe oil changes are generally done by those lowest on the totem pole in garages. But at least if it’s a dealership, they break it they own it….Or at least in your case if it’s a one man operation who’s experienced - much better than the person lowest on the totem pole.
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Jul 1, 2021
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coolintheshade wrote: And my all time favourite “shop supplies” charge.
You’re changing my damn oil!
Aside from the oil and filter that I’m already paying for, what is this “shop supplies” that I’m paying for?
They charge it because they can.
This is a very uninformed and ignorant comment.

Have you ever taken the time and effort to consider what "Shop Supplies" involves?

Heavy duty shop towels cost more than your home paper towels. Air compressors are not cheap to fix or maintain. Oil disposal is not cheap when you have giant tanks that require trucks to come empty them.
Commercial absorbent costs a lot. So do gloves. Have you considered how much gloves cost during a pandemic? Especially at the rate that shops use it at?
No gloves? OK, ask technicians to change fluids and come in contact with all kinds of chemicals with their bare hands then. Well just use more heavy duty hand cleanser. Guess what? That costs a fortune now that you're using more of it and so is the world.

Getting tires mounted? Wheel weights and tire lube cost money. You've never had to pay for wheel weights have you? That's because we absorb the cost because they're considered supplies, for the shop.
Getting other work done on your car? How about sandpaper, grit pads, brake cleaner, silicon spray, white lithium grease? These are all consumables that aren't billable but add up real quick.

THAT is what goes into shop supplies.
Combine that with slow business in the past year with COVID and less people driving + people asking for discounts because they've been laid off, etc while still keeping a business afloat.
These are necessary costs involved in keeping the lights on and while you see it as a scam, I call it trying to keep your business alive and keep a payroll going.
You don't see the parts invoices for $1000 worth of chemical absorbent, air tool grease, Shop Towels, heavy duty hand cleanser, brake clean, cutting discs, sanding discs of different grit, printer paper, heavy duty gloves, particulate masks for working on dusty jobs to keep our techs from inhaling harmful dust(quite expensive during COVID believe it or not), wheel weights, tire plugs (have you ever been charged for the plug in a tire repair?), cables to keep our hoists operating properly, ear plugs, A/C machine dye, different lubes and greases, anti-seize, loc-tite, etc. And that's $1000, weekly for a big shop. That's before you add in hoist repair, shop equipment maintenance and repair, oxy-acetylene for welding & welding rods, training that we send techs too, special equipment purchases, running a heating system in the winter for our techs, etc.

I hope this educates those of you that think "Shop Supplies" is a BS charge purely there for profit.
Is it there to make a profit? Not necessarily.
It's there to recuperate costs that are required in vehicle maintenance and repair procedure that cannot be realistically billed on an invoice ie. It's not realistic to bill you $0.50 for rags, $3 for absorbent if your vehicle leaks oil all over the ground requiring us to clean it up and stop it entering the sewers, $$$ for miscellaneous bolts we had to replace because your regular "mechanic" forgot to put them back on, etc.

Some of the residual may be all profit but hey, if you get charged $10 for shop supplies and your bill was $300 for an exhaust repair, we probably spent $10 or more on grinding discs, cutting pads, brake clean, clamps, etc.

At the end of the day with vehicle maintenance intervals getting longer and more cars going EV, Service centers are starting to lose money.
You can complain about Shop Supplies and labor rates all you want - just don't complain when smaller shops start going out of business because you all thought the Shop Supplies was a BS charge.

I've seen enough stripped / cross threaded / rounded drain plugs and half tight oil filters from quick lube places that hire teenagers who don't have formal training.

I want to be clear, I don't work at a quick lube but I did work in the Dealer world. I support people getting good deals on maintenance however I implore you, before you go in, educate yourself on your vehicles maintenance needs. Check your service manuals. 90% of what quick lubes and small shops sell in terms of "maintenance" will be BS but that doesn't mean they won't recommend something that your car will ACTUALLY NEED.
I had a customer once who said Mr.Lube kept telling her she needed a coolant flush and she kept saying they were BSing her. Guess what? She really did need it! Her fluid was 150,000KM old and barely had any left in her reservoir!

P.S: in my experience, people who float around getting their $29.95 oil changes have cars in the worst conditions because they don't have a "trusted mechanic" ;)
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Jul 22, 2014
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coolintheshade wrote: And my all time favourite “shop supplies” charge.
You’re changing my damn oil!
Aside from the oil and filter that I’m already paying for, what is this “shop supplies” that I’m paying for?
They charge it because they can.
Gloves, absorbent, shop rags, parts cleaner etc. All those costs are the result of servicing your vehicle, so regardless weather it's on the bill as shop supply or absorbed in to part costs or labor, you're paying for it.
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Sep 14, 2012
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lgao0612 wrote:
Have you ever taken the time and effort to consider what "Shop Supplies" involves?

When I go to a retail store, they don't add a supplies charge for things like janitorial clean up, shelving, box recycling.

It would be more above board to just charge a fair price and include everything...otherwise it ends up like hotels charging bogus resort fees.
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Feb 7, 2017
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I usually DIY oil changes for a Hyundai Sonata. There was one time the car was brought for a cheap oil change.

The next time, I did my own DIY oil change. I found out that the mechanic installed a cheapo no-name oil filter and that was half the size of the original OEM. The filter was blue and had no brand printed on it. It was probably the cheapest thing you can buy. I also found out that my oil drain door was thrown away or lost.

I was very surprised that the smaller filter fit on my Hyundai. Makes me also wonder what quality oil they put in my car. There is probably cost-cutting on material quality or upselling involved with each cheap oil change.
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As someone who has seen the horrors of these quick lube shops. Please, pay the extra and take it to a dealership or trusted mechanic (if you don't want to do it yourself).

Not saying accidents don't happen there- but in my experience at least the kids at dealerships are the AST ITA program.

The lube shops are notorious (even if they do good work) for stories. Friend in his younger years worked at a lube shop and had a P-Car with dry sump setup come in. Bye bye engine. Face With Tears Of Joy
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