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I did something crazy... went to a VIOC #4807609
07/07/18 10:39 AM
07/07/18 10:39 AM
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San Rafael, CA
dogememe Offline OP
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I needed an oil change and I didn't have time to do it myself so I decided to go to the new Valvoline Instant Oil Change (they bought out a terrible, terrible Pennzoil 10-Minute Oil Change place) and I was very impressed with the military-style efficiency they had going on there and how thorough they were.

I got conventional for $45+ taxes and fees but I found an $8 coupon while I was sitting in my car so it was like $44 out the door. Not unreasonable at all, but not exactly cheap either.

If you want Maxlife synthetic blend it's $70 and full synthetic is $100 and that's for 5 quarts... Way too rich for my blood!

I was talking to one of the guys that works there and the average ticket price is over $160 and they move 90-something cars a day on average. Then again around here there are a lot of fancy European cars that require synthetic and take more than 5 quarts so I see how they can get to $160 easily if they add an air filter or headlight bulb or something.

On the downside, I wanted to cut open my old filter so I brought a leak-proof bag for them to put it in but they said they can't give it to me. Lame. On the other hand, next time around I'll do it myself and we'll get to see the inside of a Valvoline oil filter smile

Last edited by dogememe; 07/07/18 10:44 AM.

2010 Ford Escape 2.5 ~90K: Royal Purple 5W-30, AMSOIL SS FE ATF.
1995 Chevy Silverado 5.7 ~276K: Delo 10W-30, AMSOIL OE MV ATF.
Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: dogememe] #4807615
07/07/18 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted By: dogememe
I got conventional for $45+ taxes and fees but I found an $8 coupon while I was sitting in my car so it was like $44 out the door. Not unreasonable at all, but not exactly cheap either.


I live in a condo so I understand the need to take it somewhere for an oil change. I've scouted some of the places, deals out there. Not only for the oil but using a decent filter as well. With that being said Walmart here advertises Castrol Edge oil changes with a Fram filter for $45. And a basic full service oil change with PYB is $29 which includes interior vac and windshield cleaning. Pit Crew oil change service with QS for sub-$20.

Hey at least it's done!

I go to a local tire place for oil changes lately and they use Valvoline and do a rotation. Prices are below. I just received a coupon for a free oil change which the car is due for. Expires 7/15.





Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: dogememe] #4807616
07/07/18 10:51 AM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.

Never spend money on a whim. Always try to shop for best price first. You could have a folder on your computer that shows the area's 3-4 Oil Change Shops with phone numbers. Call each one first for best price of the day, before leaving the home.


She's the only sister-in-law I have. But she's not my favorite.
Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Triple_Se7en] #4807620
07/07/18 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.


Triple_se7en you paid too much my last oil change was 14$ including 5qts of motul 5w30 and a bosch filter.


2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 2.0T
Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Rand] #4807621
07/07/18 10:58 AM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.


Triple_se7en you paid too much my last oil change was 14$ including 5qts of motul 5w30 and a bosch filter.


I have never been in an Oil Change Shop for an oil change. The only reason I know the price is having my wife's transmission fluid changed on her 2003 Malibu. It has lifetime fluid and no dipstick. But the guy there has a new high-tech machine with two hoses that work both sides of the transmission lines and can suck it out and refill it, all at the same time.

It's pretty cool to watch the one hose go from almost black to slowly become red again, when it circulates thru my tranny lines. Anyways, I asked him for a price on oil changes. That's how I know.

He also said I could bring my oil and filter for a $19 oil change. I just laughed at him..... immediately. I would never supply the oil and filter - then pay an additional $19.


She's the only sister-in-law I have. But she's not my favorite.
Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Rand] #4807622
07/07/18 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.


Triple_se7en you paid too much my last oil change was 14$ including 5qts of motul 5w30 and a bosch filter.


Which quick lube shop had that awesome deal ?

Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Mr Nice] #4807624
07/07/18 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.


Triple_se7en you paid too much my last oil change was 14$ including 5qts of motul 5w30 and a bosch filter.


Which quick lube shop had that awesome deal ?


Rand's Quick Lube. Good coffee there to since he roasts his own beans.

Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: SatinSilver] #4807628
07/07/18 11:03 AM
07/07/18 11:03 AM
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1/2 hr N.E. of Detroit
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Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Originally Posted By: Mr Nice
Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.


Triple_se7en you paid too much my last oil change was 14$ including 5qts of motul 5w30 and a bosch filter.


Which quick lube shop had that awesome deal ?


Rand's Quick Lube.


Yep, right turn into the driveway - then stop suddenly, about five feet short of hitting his 2-1/2 car garage. Don't ever roll over the grass either LOL


She's the only sister-in-law I have. But she's not my favorite.
Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: dogememe] #4807635
07/07/18 11:19 AM
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If you are satisfied with the service, you didn't pay to much. Some places are cheap for a reason.


'99 Cavalier 5w 30 SuperTech conventional
'11 Impala 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
'12 Colorado 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
*regular Wix oil filters for all
Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Triple_Se7en] #4807646
07/07/18 11:28 AM
07/07/18 11:28 AM
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Washington for now
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Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.

Never spend money on a whim. Always try to shop for best price first. You could have a folder on your computer that shows the area's 3-4 Oil Change Shops with phone numbers. Call each one first for best price of the day, before leaving the home.


Its San Fran area, everything is expensive. these oil changes places have their place in the oil change pecking order. lots of people have a lot more money than time and don't care about the price .

Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: dogememe] #4807664
07/07/18 11:48 AM
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A Valvoline oilchange shop is the ONLY franchise I would use. After several differnt stores , I noticed their lock step, double check procedure practiced at all of them. That is the difference and it is worth a premium price.


'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: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Triple_Se7en] #4807671
07/07/18 11:56 AM
07/07/18 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
He also said I could bring my oil and filter for a $19 oil change. I just laughed at him..... immediately. I would never supply the oil and filter - then pay an additional $19.


Hmm... Around here, I used to pay my mechanic $10 to change the oil/filter that I bring him, but now he charges $20. He does rotate the tires and fills up the fluids like windshield washer fluid. Car takes 8.5 quarts and one of those synthetic fleece filters. I do it myself normally, but if I'm there for some other work and it's due, I let him do it while it's there, otherwise it's not really worth the drive to go there.

Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: Triple_Se7en] #4807676
07/07/18 12:01 PM
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Give it a break.

Originally Posted By: Triple_Se7en
dogememe
You paid 1/3rd too much. Should have been $30 after taxes and disposal.

Never spend money on a whim. Always try to shop for best price first. You could have a folder on your computer that shows the area's 3-4 Oil Change Shops with phone numbers. Call each one first for best price of the day, before leaving the home.


2018 Ford F150 with 2.7 Ecoboost: Valvoline Full Synthetic 5W30 and Motorcraft FL2062
2016 Toyota RAV4: Pennzoil Platinum 0W20 and Toyota 04152-YZZA1

Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: dogememe] #4807686
07/07/18 12:12 PM
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That sounds about 7-10 dollars more than the typical oil change franchise price for conventional in the SF Bay Area but if it's worth it to you that's what counts. I usually change my own oil, but in the past I found the "call and response" floor show with the military precision of these places can have varying degrees of "professionalism" involved.

I know I wouldn't take my Fumoto valve there as a test of their customer service capabilities or skill level even if I let them know the circumstance and told them about the lever release. It's too ripe for problems for even "professional" handlers at these time-sensitive places that I've heard will typically remove and replace the Fumoto and not use the lever.

Re: I did something crazy... went to a VIOC [Re: dogememe] #4807690
07/07/18 12:20 PM
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Median home price SF, $1.3 million. Median home price in Detroit, the remainder of SF price not worth mentioning.


1994 Ford Crown Vic 207k-Frankenbrew 0w20,30,40!
2005 Chevy 1500 Crewcab 4X4 180k-BC 0w30 $2/qt
2016 Outback 2.5 Limited 60k-shop brand?
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