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#4774891 - 06/01/18 08:41 PM Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly
danez_yoda Offline


Registered: 07/18/09
Posts: 464
Loc: 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.

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#4774899 - 06/01/18 08:54 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
FowVay Offline


Registered: 06/02/02
Posts: 2679
Loc: Southeastern USA
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.
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#4774905 - 06/01/18 09:03 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4394
Loc: The Midwest
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.
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#4774907 - 06/01/18 09:05 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
Rand Online   content


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12641
Loc: NE,Ohio
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.
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#4774910 - 06/01/18 09:06 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
SilverFusion2010 Offline


Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 1657
Loc: Crawfordville FL
$20 doesnít buy what it used to
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#4774915 - 06/01/18 09:11 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
itguy08 Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
Posts: 3222
Loc: Somewhere
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.

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#4774920 - 06/01/18 09:13 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
RichardS Offline


Registered: 01/14/17
Posts: 616
Loc: Melbourne, Florida
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.


Edited by RichardS (06/01/18 09:15 PM)
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#4774925 - 06/01/18 09:19 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
Chris142 Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 16818
Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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.
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#4774926 - 06/01/18 09:19 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7142
Loc: Marshfield , MA
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
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#4774955 - 06/01/18 09:50 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
Crispysea Offline


Registered: 04/14/17
Posts: 402
Loc: TN USA
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!


Edited by Crispysea (06/01/18 09:52 PM)

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#4774959 - 06/01/18 09:52 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: FowVay]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2967
Loc: USA
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.

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#4774975 - 06/01/18 10:09 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1713
Loc: Alberta
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.

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#4774994 - 06/01/18 10:23 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 4734
Loc: MTL, CANADA
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..
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#4774997 - 06/01/18 10:25 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: FowVay]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2740
Loc: Wet side WA
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.
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Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 TG4967 117530 2-8-18
2006 Duramax 74047
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In: T6 5W-40 XG9100 73752 4-22-18

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#4775003 - 06/01/18 10:31 PM Re: Cost of oil changes nowadays -- hoooly moooly [Re: danez_yoda]
Snagglefoot Offline


Registered: 12/31/17
Posts: 1713
Loc: Alberta
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?

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