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Old 11-17-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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I had bought an used car about 2 months back and the last time when oil was changed was about 3000 miles ago (by last owner) and hence it is due for me.
Now i have never been anywhere for a periodic oil change and am not sure about costs and what to expect ??
Can anyone enlighten me as to what will be approximate cost to get the oil changed. I also have no idea about what oil brand to go for or is there some generic stuff there ??
I also need to get air filled in the tyres and would like to get those done too.
Suggestions appreciated
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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Year, make, and model please. It will depend on how many quarts are needed, and whether or not synthetic will be required.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: The Internet
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Default Letting you in on the process

Hmmm, let's see. Well drive down to your local auto repair shop in your nicest jeans. You'll see a guy named Hank. Don't look Hank in the eyes. Mention your name is "Tim" or "Lila" if your female, and that you're there for the "Number one." Hand Hank your car keys to let him know you're serious. He'll lead you into a secret room behind the stock room. Knock three times in rapid succession and whisper, "Taco sauce." A little sliding door will open and hand you a stick of gum. Head back to the waiting room in the front, or as most people call it, the room that smells like grease n' stuff. Wait. Wait some more. Hank should return and let you know "It's done." He'll hand you back your keys and you pay him in kind. Then get the hell out of there.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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3000 mile oil changes are not necessary for most cars less than about 40 years old.

Learning to do your own oil changes is not that tough. If you are in a place where DIY is not possible or practical, find a good independent shop, go there. Chain "stupid lube" outfits are for dummies - many an oil drain plug and or filter has been cross-threaded, too much, too little, wrong kind, or no oil at all put in after draining.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Most dealers offer a special for about $39.95 that includes the proper oil, filter, lube, check all fluids and tire air. Even the dealers now admit that with normal driving conditions you can go 5,000-7,500 miles between changes.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:48 PM
 
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Oh...sorry for not giving all information.
Mine is a 1999 Honda Accord EX
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Changing the oil is one of the most basic maintenance routines you can do, and one of the most important. It's worth going to e-how or similar site and studying how it's done and then doing it yourself. The more you understand about your car, the better. You may end up liking doing your own maintenance and you'll save a lot of money over time.
I've always changed my own oil and done most other things that don't require specialized tools. Expect a scraped knuckle or two along the way.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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Oh...sorry for not giving all information.
Mine is a 1999 Honda Accord EX
40.00-50.00

It's been a while but Walmart used to do it for about 18.00...add a few bucks for a better than Fram filter...hate me if you want but no Frams for me
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:28 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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40.00-50.00

It's been a while but Walmart used to do it for about 18.00...add a few bucks for a better than Fram filter...hate me if you want but no Frams for me
There are studies published online regarding oil filters. Fram, nowadays is one of the worst, if memory serves me.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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I pay $17.95 every 5000 miles for an oil change on my Ford SUV. Most garages, independents etc have coupons out, at least in our area, for oil changes from $12.95 to $19.95. It's cheaper and cleaner to have it done at these prices and you don't have to find a place to legally dispose the used oil.
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