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Old 09-25-2015, 10:26 AM
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Non Dealer Oil Changes

For those who don't change their own oil, does anyone besides me go non-dealer? I have a place that I trust to tell me when things need to be done. I trust my local dealer as well, but they still try to sell me on every little thing.

I'm just wondering if I'm the only one b/c it seems like most people on here go to the dealer. And subsequently complain that they are constantly getting ripped off.

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Old 09-25-2015, 11:01 AM
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

My dealer never tries to rip me off, and they don't pester me with sales pitches. If you trust your dealer service, and their prices are reasonable (get on the email discount coupon list), use them. Some service writers are pushed to sell services, but you can just say no.
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:54 PM
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

I don't think I could ever fully trust a dealer or an independent shop. We take my wife's Honda to the dealer for regular maintenance and never had an issue though.
Not sure where I got this mentality from, but I have never been a fan of little independent shops. Everytime I see a shop like that the parking lot is just full of beaters, the guys inside look filthy, and because they work on any car that comes in, they certainly don't know your vehicle inside out where as atleast dealers specialize on that specific vehicle and have worked on it day in and day out.
Ok i'm done venting :-) So for me its dealer or do the work myself.
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Old 09-25-2015, 03:02 PM
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

Yes, sometimes my "earl changes" are done by an independent service provider. (non chain, local) The last few have just been more convenient to do at the dealer because of other factors and I now have two freebies coming because of a technician forgetting to install a lug-nut after a tire rotation. For me, it's all about convenience as the cost is about the same to the dollar.
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

my dealer charges 29 bucks for an oil change. I just go there. Can't beat that.
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

My dealer charges $67 CAD for a basic Oil & Lube and offers $10 CAD OFF ON Wednesdays & Saturday as compared to $63 CAD at oil changers. Oil is a synthetic/petroleum mix at the dealer and pure petroleum at Oil Changers. I prefer going to my dealer, which is Orleans Dodge http://www.orleansdodge.ca/


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Old 09-25-2015, 06:48 PM
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

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For those who don't change their own oil, does anyone besides me go non-dealer? I have a place that I trust to tell me when things need to be done. I trust my local dealer as well, but they still try to sell me on every little thing.

I'm just wondering if I'm the only one b/c it seems like most people on here go to the dealer. And subsequently complain that they are constantly getting ripped off.
No, you're not the only one . The owner/manager stands in front of my JGC and the filter changer/oil remover shows him the old gasket and filter and then the new filter/gasket. The owner pours in my full synthetic oil, checking the oil level after he's poured in the last qt. I stand just off to the side and monitor both of them .

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Old 09-25-2015, 07:31 PM
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

What's this lube you speak of? There are no zerks on your Grand Cherokee. I don't know abbreviations what's CAD?
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

I believe CAD is Canadian Dollars.

If I don't change the oil myself, its done at the dealership. Rare, but I think I let it happen once. As others have said, just ignore extra service pitches that aren't necessary, especially their "change oil every 3000 miles" statements.
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

I too primarily go the dealership for my oil changes - mainly because they have a quick change lane for that type of work, so I'm out fairly quickly and I can usually find a coupon online that makes it very reasonable cost-wise. They might even start putting in the right amount of oil now that I've installed the correct dipstick in my Hemi. I wish they'd quit smearing oil all over the inside of the driver's door too.
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

I change it myself because its quad lift and easy to get under. In the corvette, I go to Walmart and get the oil and go to a quick oil change place and let them do it. I don't think and oil change is so hard that a dealership is required.
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Re: Non Dealer Oil Changes

I've trusted my local repair shop owner for many years and I've been in the automotive parts industry longer. He has all of my service records as do I. I stay proactive with service and repair work. The local Jeep dealer is always after me for additional work when I go in for warranty service.
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