I can and have the ability to do so, but by the time you buy the oil and filter, crawl under it, reach over the top to fill it, gather your trash, then pay to dispose of your old oil. it is cheaper to pay someone else to do it.
Edited by: WILKERSONR at: 5/11/2011 (22:24)
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nope 20 dollars also and off to the bookstore then Ice tea and I go pick it up later in the day.
I can and have, but don''t anymore. It is a cost/time issue. For time it takes to do change oil in my car, it is less expense to have someone else do it.
The exception to this is that I do all my own oil changes on my motorcycles. Mostly for the same reason. There are no "quick change shops" for motorcycles. Most shops work load, especially during riding season, do not allow for "while you wait" service. So for the time involved it is less expensive for me to do it myself.
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I grew up on a farm and changed oil many times on everything from big tractors to boats to small lawn mowers. So I know how to do it. But I don't do that any more. It's not worth my time and hassle to do that. Plus there's more time/cost than just the oil and filter. Don't forget ramps, filter wrench, oil container, rags, funnel...plus the time/gas to take the oil somewhere when you're finished.
I also think personal preference is a big factor. Maybe if I enjoyed that kind of mechanical work I would change my own oil and replace my own brakes. But I don't. On the other hand, I do like taking care of the yard and landscaping.
Don't exactly trust the people at the Jiffy Lube, but it just makes sense to let them change the oil. So not worth the effort and time to save the $5 - $10. If I had a lift bay, that might be different, but to have to get the ramps out and crawl up under there...
Bill, I use to change my own oil but now I have a brand new 2010 Kia and with the warranty on it I take it to the dealership. When I changed my own oil it cost about $15 for the oil and filter then could change it in 15 minutes so it saved time and money.
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4,111 5/9/11 7:44 A
I'm not real handy, so I've never considered the idea of changing my own oil. But I was talking to someone recently who mentioned that they don't trust their car with the rejects at quick oil change places. I thought the assessment of the employees there was a bit harsh, but apparently they know the innards of how the place is run. I wrote it off mostly. I mean, if you ever hear from someone who works at a particular restaurant they can always scare you out of eating there ever again.
To those that change their own oil, why do you do it? Savings? Trust issues w/ oil change shops? Maybe you enjoy it?
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