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#4645429 - 01/24/18 09:17 PM Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles
Vitt Offline


Registered: 07/17/03
Posts: 21
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
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.

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#4645435 - 01/24/18 09:21 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
aquariuscsm Offline


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If the oil was changed at oem intervals,you'll be fine.
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#4645436 - 01/24/18 09:21 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
CharlieBauer Offline


Registered: 03/29/16
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Loc: CA
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.
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#4645452 - 01/24/18 09:44 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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.
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#4645453 - 01/24/18 09:45 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 2076
Loc: VA
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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#4645454 - 01/24/18 09:47 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: IndyIan]
bbhero Offline


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Great point by IndyIan.
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#4645455 - 01/24/18 09:48 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
barkingspider Offline


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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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#4645460 - 01/24/18 09:58 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7273
Loc: Marshfield , MA
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.
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#4645465 - 01/24/18 10:04 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1908
Loc: SE British Columbia, Canada
See if he has receipts. Going to quick lube and having receipts is better than some guy making up a story about oil changes.


Edited by Snagglefoot (01/24/18 10:10 PM)

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#4645492 - 01/24/18 10:41 PM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
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Loc: NJ
My Rav4 was serviced exclusively at a quick lube for the first 220k miles. Their oil and filters are adequate.
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#4645538 - 01/25/18 12:10 AM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
jj51702 Offline


Registered: 10/07/16
Posts: 232
Loc: California
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.

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#4645564 - 01/25/18 02:06 AM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
csandste Offline


Registered: 05/31/02
Posts: 1225
Loc: St. Peters, Missouri
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.
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#4645590 - 01/25/18 05:44 AM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Vitt]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20558
Loc: Upstate NY
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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#4645643 - 01/25/18 07:34 AM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 10/22/09
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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!


Edited by JohnnyJohnson (01/25/18 07:36 AM)
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#4645702 - 01/25/18 08:48 AM Re: Buying a car serviced @ QuickLube for 100K miles [Re: Snagglefoot]
Iowegian Offline


Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Iowa
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.
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