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Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly #4774891
06/01/18 08:41 PM
06/01/18 08:41 PM
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texas
danez_yoda Offline OP
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texas
My nephew was out of town and needed an oil change in his 2010 Corolla S 1.8L, so I checked prices for him.

He takes 4.5qts of 5W-20 or 0W-20. DIY I figured $15 for Supertech synthetic 5w20 and $6 for a K&N filter element so ~$24 out the door.

repair pal quoted $122-$165 !!! shocked
Toyota dealership wanted $95
Local shops wanted between 50 - 75

Only places that had a price near mine was Walmart or pepboys that was ~ $40 for synthetic. Even Jiffylube (not that I would ever use them) was way in the $50-60 range.

I thought oil changes were a loss leader to get you in the door and "find" other stuff to fix. Apparently not anymore.

I told him come over next weekend and we'll change it. Car was at 5K so he had plenty of mileage left on that OCI (Dealership toyota oil)

Could not believe the prices in repair pal.

Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774899
06/01/18 08:54 PM
06/01/18 08:54 PM
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Southeastern USA
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Repair shops have to pay rent, taxes, salaries, insurance, advertising, disposal fees, tooling and equipment, etc. out of the prices they charge. Do you really think a repair shop can offer anywhere near the same pricing as someone who has zero overhead and who purchases store brand product from Wal-Mart and charges no labor? Thet's not very realistic.

Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774905
06/01/18 09:03 PM
06/01/18 09:03 PM
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The Midwest
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I get the occasional coupon from my local VW dealer (Hatfield VW) for a $69.95 synthetic oil change-diesels not included. I've only had my oil changed by someone other than me once in my life. My Wife got an oil change coupon for her Audi for $89.95, regularly $139.95.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774907
06/01/18 09:05 PM
06/01/18 09:05 PM
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NE,Ohio
Rand Offline
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I changed the 2013 outback with motul ester core 5w30 "power racing" for aprox $15 5.5qts and filter
the oil itself retails for around $35 /2 liter can.

There are advantages to price mistakes, clearances, and rebate deals.

I change the oil in 5 vehicles and 4 tractors.. most of the stash was under 3$/qt syn and 1.5/qt conventional/blend.


2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 2.0T
Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774910
06/01/18 09:06 PM
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Crawfordville FL
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$20 doesnít buy what it used to


2010 Ford Fusion SE 3.0L V6, 178k miles M1 HM 10w-30
Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774915
06/01/18 09:11 PM
06/01/18 09:11 PM
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Somewhere
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I think it's all location dependent. Here the Ford dealers charge about $50 for an oil change, tire rotation, and various inspections. I think it's up to 5 quarts of oil. I'm curious what they will charge for the Mustang with it's 10 quart sump.

Walmart is considerably cheaper. Not sure what the local Monro, Midas, or Firestone would charge but I see they have coupons quite regularly.

Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774920
06/01/18 09:13 PM
06/01/18 09:13 PM
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Melbourne, Florida
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I think oil changes *used* to be a loss leader that was a foot in the door to upsell other services.

But there have been enough undercover news investigations on how necessary, or unnecessary, some of the add on services theyíre trying to sell are to make most consumers very shy about any upsells. They just assume itís to separate them from their money, and they arenít your fool.

You can still find $17.99-$24.99 basic oil changes around here with ďbrake inspectionĒ, or sometimes a tire rotation, but if your car needs anything other than bulk one-oil-for-all-cars oil, it quickly increases.

Last edited by RichardS; 06/01/18 09:15 PM.

2008 Dodge Caliber SE 2.0 117k
4qt Imeditsu 0w-20, 1/2qt Mobil SS 5w-20 Fram HM

2003 Buick Century 107k
4.5q Havoline 5w-30 HM Fram XG
Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774925
06/01/18 09:19 PM
06/01/18 09:19 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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I had a guy request valvoline synthetic this week. I can't take off work to go to Walmart to buy oil. I had to have it delivered. It cost me $5.79/qt. His truck holds 7 QTS.


02 Wrangler durablend 10w40
87 F250 traveler 15w40
04 Tahoe super-s 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774926
06/01/18 09:19 PM
06/01/18 09:19 PM
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Marshfield , MA
andyd Offline
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Yah when I bought my first BMW, I could do a oil and filter for 10$ myself. Valvoline wants 99$ to change oil and filter at their shops. Camry takes 0w20 and 5 qts was 30$ and Toyota filters were 10 for 34.50. I don't intend to change the oil again until 5/19. Not a thin oil fan, but thats what is specc'ed


'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: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774955
06/01/18 09:50 PM
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TN USA
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You canít get a synthetic oil change here for less than $50 now. If itís a European car and/or diesel, double that. Even the Walmart conventional change is about $30 now. I remember when it was $10.99! I was in high school. My dad showed me how, but it wasnít worth doing myself for that price!

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Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: FowVay] #4774959
06/01/18 09:52 PM
06/01/18 09:52 PM
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
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Where the wind comes sweepin'
Originally Posted By: FowVay
Repair shops have to pay rent, taxes, salaries, insurance, advertising, disposal fees, tooling and equipment, etc. out of the prices they charge. Do you really think a repair shop can offer anywhere near the same pricing as someone who has zero overhead and who purchases store brand product from Wal-Mart and charges no labor? Thet's not very realistic.


Thank you for posting this. I don't understand how people can think businesses can operate at a loss and still be around.

Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774975
06/01/18 10:09 PM
06/01/18 10:09 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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The price of land is going up in the larger cities. Investors want the land the shop is on, not the shop. To keep a shop going requires a decent rate of return or you might as well bulldoze it.


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4774994
06/01/18 10:23 PM
06/01/18 10:23 PM
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MTL, CANADA
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Ouch. Changing oil on a rolla is supwr easy.. with the oil i bought for 2$ a quart it works out to under 20$ per change for syn oil and filter change. Teach him how to do his own changes. Learn a skill and save a few bucks..


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: FowVay] #4774997
06/01/18 10:25 PM
06/01/18 10:25 PM
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Wet side WA
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Originally Posted By: FowVay
Repair shops have to pay rent, taxes, salaries, insurance, advertising, disposal fees, tooling and equipment, etc. out of the prices they charge. Do you really think a repair shop can offer anywhere near the same pricing as someone who has zero overhead and who purchases store brand product from Wal-Mart and charges no labor? Thet's not very realistic.


That's right and they can't compete with me and I don't ask them too. Full Synthetic with a 99% efficiency filter for under $25 and I see no reason to spend more I'm not disabled.


2004 Corolla 125400
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: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda] #4775003
06/01/18 10:31 PM
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SE British Columbia, Canada
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From the Mr. Lube website, the cash equity you have to put up for a a Mr. Lube franchise is $600,000 to $800,000.
The total cost including land and building is typically $1.8 to $2.2 million dollars. Think you can pay that off charging 30 bucks for an oil change?


If you want the job done right......do it yourself.
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