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Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles #4645429
01/24/18 10:17 PM
01/24/18 10:17 PM
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Los Angeles, CA
Vitt Offline OP
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I am looking to buy a used Honda Fit in my area. It's from a private party, original owner. When I asked him about service history, he told me he usually takes it to one of these quick lube shops for maintenance. I didn't even ask about the auto transmission service but I assume the same. I haven't been to one of those places in over 2 decades or so but from time to time I drive by one and see advertising stating they use this or that premium brand oil (e.g., Castrol). But the filter quality is most likely subpar unless it's also sold by a name brand like Pennzoil.

In any case, I won't be able to take the car to a mechanic for a PPI since the seller is about 40 miles from me. Should I be worried about the lube xpress that doesn't use quality oils for lack of additives? Assuming he did the oil changes (for which he says he has records), would this engine have extra wear due to low quality oils? Thanks.

Edit: As mentioned on the subject line, the car has 106,xxx miles.

Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645435
01/24/18 10:21 PM
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If the oil was changed at oem intervals,you'll be fine.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
2012 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L 2.4,auto,San Marino Red
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 5W20

Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645436
01/24/18 10:21 PM
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Frequency of oil changes and driving style is what matters most.

Will it still be under warranty?

Get hold of the maintenance schedule and find out what and when things were done, before going out there.


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that ain't so.

- mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645452
01/24/18 10:44 PM
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Quick lube engine oil and filter is fine for cars that don't need anything special, but if the trans fluid has been changed, odds are its got the wrong fluid in it, or "universal" atf. Do some reading on how much it matters for a Fit.


07 Focus ZXW, 5spd manual, 210km M1 5W30
18 Outback 2.5 CVT 10km 0W20 "bulk subaru" whatever that is
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645453
01/24/18 10:45 PM
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Honestly, majority of people take their cars to quick express type and usually cars like Honda/Toyota won't last more than 48 hrs in my area if price is good and vehicle is maintained. No matter, where and how...

People, including myself don't care for mileage, for a less than $5K car. YMMV.


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Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: IndyIan] #4645454
01/24/18 10:47 PM
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Great point by IndyIan.


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Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645455
01/24/18 10:48 PM
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Just inspect and test drive the car like you would any other used car, have a mechanic friend look at it, and it checks out and he price is right, do it


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17 Cadillac ATS (wife)
05 Toyota Camry (daughter)
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Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645460
01/24/18 10:58 PM
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ask the seller if he has any receipts from the Quickee Lube. I used Valvoline for my work van and the '09 Camry I had briefly. Totally satisfied with service. Valvoline has a block diagram procedure that would take at least 3 idiots to defeat. These days 106K is barely broken in.


'16 Camry LE STP synth 0w20 and STP filter. the Fridge

1994 Ranger ,the Rat, 5w30 dino, STP filter

'16 Camry SE, Valvoline HM 0w20 and OEM filter
Thick oil is better grin2
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645465
01/24/18 11:04 PM
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See if he has receipts. Going to quick lube and having receipts is better than some guy making up a story about oil changes.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 01/24/18 11:10 PM.

If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645492
01/24/18 11:41 PM
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My Rav4 was serviced exclusively at a quick lube for the first 220k miles. Their oil and filters are adequate.


Without data you're just another person with an opinion. W. E. Deming

2003 Corolla 250,000 miles
2004 Rav4 359,000 miles
2015 Camry 59,000 miles
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645538
01/25/18 01:10 AM
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Why not call a mechanic near the seller to perform a PPI? I did this for my dads car when we had to drive 70+ miles to look at the car. If u like what u see just tell him u wanna buy peninsula a PPI nearby. If he's confident in the car it's a good sign if he agrees, if he doesn't want u to do that then run.

Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645564
01/25/18 03:06 AM
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I use Auto Tire because they have steep discounts on MaxLife if you use their credit card. Also had them do a MaxLife ATF change. Also used VIOC in the past. Frankly they've all done as good or better than routine maintenance done by the dealer, master mechanics don't generally spend their time doing oil changes.


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- Valvoline MaxLife Blend 5-20, 48,000 miles.
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt] #4645590
01/25/18 06:44 AM
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The quick oil change places do a lot of oil changes, probably screwing up a tiny percentage. My brother had his older Toyota serviced at dealer and they did not tighten the drain plug fully. I would say it's typical service, so no negative points there.


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2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
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Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Donald] #4645643
01/25/18 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted By: Donald
The quick oil change places do a lot of oil changes, probably screwing up a tiny percentage. My brother had his older Toyota serviced at dealer and they did not tighten the drain plug fully. I would say it's typical service, so no negative points there.


That's why I do my own. Yes when someone you pay money to do a job screws up it is negative points!

Last edited by JohnnyJohnson; 01/25/18 08:36 AM.

2004 Corolla 124786
Out: VML 5w-30 TG4967 OCI 5007 Miles
In: EDGE EP 5W-30 Bosch 3311 122537 7-18-18
2006 Duramax 74277
Out: T6 5W-40 M1-303
In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 74705 4-22-18
Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Snagglefoot] #4645702
01/25/18 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted By: Snagglefoot
See if he has receipts. Going to quick lube and having receipts is better than some guy making up a story about oil changes.


If he doesn't, the quick lube places will have them in their data base. They will be happy to print them out.


2011 Equinox, 2.4l
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