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How Much Does an Oil Change Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $10-$20average costProfessional Oil Change with Standard Oil: $20-$55high costProfessional Oil Change with Synthetic Oil: $45-$70+
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A car's motor oil needs to be changed at regularly scheduled intervals set by the manufacturer. Changing oil regularly is an essential part of basic car maintenance. Few manufacturers use the 3,000-mile/three-month standard interval of old, so be sure to check the manufacturer's recommendations.

Typical costs:

  • An oil change typically costs $20-$55, depending on whether the work is performed at an independent shop, an oil-change retail chain or a dealership, and the number of quarts of oil used in the vehicle. Independent shops and retail chains tend to be less expensive than dealerships. For example, a Midas franchise in Wisconsin[1] charges $30 for an oil change, new oil filter and other basic inspections. Indy Honda[2] in Indianapolis charges $35-$54 for an oil change with a multi-point inspection, depending on the year and model of the vehicle, but in February 2013 it offered an online coupon price of $30-$45.
  • An oil change using synthetic oil[3] typically costs about $45-$70 or more. Synthetic oil is artificially made, and it is often used in high-performance engines which experience more demanding use. Synthetic blends can handle higher temperatures and last longer between oil changes.
  • A do-it-yourself oil change typically costs about $10-$20, depending on how many quarts of oil are needed. Engine oil typically costs about $5 -$10 per quart and is available at several national chains, including Autozone[4] and Walmart[5] .
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What should be included:
  • Oil changes involve more parts than just the oil itself. Included in the cost of any oil change is the cost of labor, the oil, shop supplies, an oil filter and any associated gasket, O-rings or seals, plus the cost of disposing of the used oil.
  • Labor is not charged in the same way that is for other repair jobs. At most shops, oil changes are paid to the technician at a rate of two- or three-tenths of an hour. That means labor makes up $10-$15 of the total cost, with the rest being parts and sales tax.
  • Oil-change intervals vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, and some new cars can go more than 7,000 miles between oil changes[6] . However, many older vehicles will need their oil changed every 3,000 miles. Consumer Guide Automotive lists each manufacturer's recommended oil-change interval[7] .
Additional costs:
  • Additional costs are rarely incurred during an oil change, unless other problems with the car are found and the consumer chooses to approve the repairs, or if the consumer chooses to add other maintenance to the repair order. Some manufacturers recommend a tire rotation at the same interval as an oil change, and this can add an extra $15-$35.
  • Many shops include a free inspection as part of an oil change. This is done to discover potential problems with the car, but it also allows the shop to sell the customer additional repairs. The service advisor or technician might also look at the car's maintenance history and recommend any routine maintenance that hasn't been performed.
Discounts:
  • Repair shops and dealerships frequently offer coupons on oil changes. For example, national chain Firestone Complete Auto Care offers a 30% off coupon[8] for an oil change and filter on most vehicles.
Shopping for an oil change:
  • The biggest difference between dealerships and independent shops is that dealerships focus on models from one brand, while independent shops handle various makes and models. Dealerships sometimes charge slightly more than independent shops and chains. Many consumers choose to comparison shop based on price and coupons.
  • The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a non-profit trade group for technicians and other automotive service professionals, has a searchable directory of certified shops[9] .
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Oil Change
Amount: $32.00
Posted by: RayOfSunUSA in Newark, DE.Posted: November 2nd, 2013 06:11AM
Mechanic or Shop: J & R AutomotiveType of Oil: Standard
Great honest service.
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Amount: $32.40
Posted by: Stephanie Ross in Savannah, NY.Posted: June 18th, 2013 12:06PM
Mechanic or Shop: Smittys Repair ShopType of Oil: Max Life Synthetic
Love these guys! They always can fit me right it and get it done quick. They check and fill all my fluids and if my tires need to be rotated to it for another $15.00.
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External Resources:
  1.  midasofmadison.com/repair-prices/
  2.  www.indyhonda.com/specials/service.htm
  3.  autos.aol.com/article/synthetic-motor-oil/
  4.  www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Fluids-and-Chemicals/Engine-Oil/_/N-26qq
  5.  www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=engine+oil&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_co...
  6.  autos.aol.com/article/oil-change-intervals/
  7.  www.consumerguide.com/
  8.  www.firestonecompleteautocare.com/auto-services/oil
  9.  www.ase.com/Landing-Pages/Car-Owners/Find-a-Repair-Shop/Shop-Locator.aspx
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