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Why should I leave my car at a full-service repair shop to get my oil changed, when I can get it done while I wait?
The best thing for your pocketbook and for the well-being of your vehicle is to take your car to a reliable shop to get the oil changed. Leaving (yes leaving) your vehicle for an oil change gives the shop time to test drive and perform a thorough visual inspection of your vehicle to spot issues before they become big costly repairs leaving you stranded on the side of the road.
You should have your oil changed every 3,000 – 4,000 miles or 4-6 months, these are opportunities for a qualified mechanic to peek over your car’s major vital parts. Oil change ads in the newspaper are loss leaders anyway, so don’t think you are going to get your oil changed and be out of there for $12.95.
I will bet they’ll find something to sell you. How many times have you been offered engine flushes, transmission flushes, cooling system flushes, air filters, etc., only to leave the “quick oil change” facility with a $300.00 bill!! Those newspaper ads cost a lot of money to print, and there is no profit in an oil change for $25–let alone $12. I would rather pay a little over a period of time to a qualified, honest, mechanic for proper maintenance than one large sum for drastic last minute repairs due to neglect and oversight. If the shop that you trust tells you to replace a tire, don’t wait! Have them replace it and be done with it.
Shops use a term called PM (preventive maintenance). PM can consist of many things. First and foremost is changing the oil and filter and lubrication of the undercarriage, rotation of tires, inspection of brakes, belts, hoses and testing antifreeze protection and battery health, and a thorough road test are the basics which usually take an hour or so…NOT 9 minutes. Wreckers tow numerous vehicles in because they won’t start, and the major cause is loose or dirty battery terminals or a weak battery. This can all be prevented by taking your car to a professional shop with ASE Trained Master Technicians like Auto Care Plus.
Also, don’t classify all mechanics as the same. A mechanic is only as good as his capability will allow him to be. Would you rather be inconvenienced a few hours every 3-4 months taking your car into a full-service repair shop, or hassled every 6-8 months because something that should have been caught during a quickie oil change broke on the way out of town with the kids in the car?
Believe me, it will cost you much more than cleaning the battery terminals. Do you go to the express doctor or dentist? The people who know what they are doing take longer in their diagnosis, and usually charge more than the others, but isn’t it worth it? Take a deep breath, I know it’s just an oil change, but it could be much more. Remember,like most things in life… “You do get what you pay for”