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Old 10-29-2013, 12:18 PM
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Hey Everyone,
I'm wondering what the majority think about doing all your service like oil changes etc at the dealer (& paying through the nose) over either doing it yourself or hitting one of the quick lube type shops.

I'm due for my first oil change & am taking it to the dealer as I don't want to get jerked around down the road for getting service done elsewhere but I hate overpaying for stuff too...

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I do still take mine to the dealer. Reason is simple, they keep sending me coupons. A full oil change and tire rotations for 39.99 + tax isnt bad.
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I always try to think about the lube bay at the dealership, which sits just to the right of the "drive up lane". It has a window so that you can see the techs working while doing an oil change.

Most dealerships have oil change techs that are paid minimum wage, and they get very little training outside of a few basics and a cheat sheet. These are not folks that I want working on my truck.

Most quick lube places are very similar, and I think that we've all heard the horror stories about the wrong oil, no oil, or missing fill caps.

As a result I do my own oil changes on all of my vehicles. I can get a 5qt jug of Mobil 1 5W20 at Wally World for less than $25, and a couple of additional quarts are only about $4-5 more each. I also pick up a quality filter at the local parts store. I know that it's done right, and I know what back in to it.

It cost me about the same $40 as listed above, and 30 minutes of my time.

Just my take and opinion

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always do it my self. i just save all my receipts.
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I always try to think about the lube bay at the dealership, which sits just to the right of the "drive up lane". It has a window so that you can see the techs working while doing an oil change.

Most dealerships have oil change techs that are paid minimum wage, and they get very little training outside of a few basics and a cheat sheet. These are not folks that I want working on my truck.

Most quick lube places are very similar, and I think that we've all heard the horror stories about the wrong oil, no oil, or missing fill caps.

As a result I do my own oil changes on all of my vehicles. I can get a 5qt jug of Mobil 1 5W20 at Wally World for less than $25, and a couple of additional quarts are only about $4-5 more each. I also pick up a quality filter at the local parts store. I know that it's done right, and I know what back in to it.

It cost me about the same $40 as listed above, and 30 minutes of my time.

Just my take and opinion

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I used to/still feel the same way. In my case the local dealership actually has techs that do the oil changes (I get the same tech for all services/warranty and have got to know him). That said when I move next I will probably go back to doing it myself. I wish I could say the same for the Hyundai dealership, but I do those myself because I swear they use highschool kids for everything and have one tech that sleeps in the back and answers questions occasionally.
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I buy my oil at Wally World, Mobile One, two or three 5 quart jugs at a time
i buy my WIX or Carquest oil filters at a auto parts store

i then take it to the dealership to get it serviced, i believe they charge me $16 & they do my record keeping & the Ram gets checked out each time.
I always take my Royal Purple Tranny & Differential fluids along with me, just in case it is needing some

I only change the Air Filter myself, because the techs don't check it during the servicing, they only check it when the manual reads that it is time, when they do change it, they don't wipe out or vacuum the air box, i do both
Then i unscrew my Catch Can & empty out the contents & wipe it clean, that oil is used in the oil squirt can for a variety of things
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I do still take mine to the dealer. Reason is simple, they keep sending me coupons. A full oil change and tire rotations for 39.99 + tax isnt bad.
Wha.. what?? Coupons? How do you get these?
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I let the Dealer do mine too. It costs about the same, and they have a record of keeping it serviced. As far as who is doing the changes, everybody has to get a start somewhere, and the Dealers are not going to just cut loose somebody they can't trust working on a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of cars and trucks a day. Quick lubes are a different story. I have never had a problem at the dealer and besides, I'm getting to a point to where I don't feel like crawling under my truck. Been there, done that, and I'm starting to wonder why I didn't do it years ago.
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Thanks for the info guys. I ended up going to the dealer & it was virtually the same price as the local quick lube shops. I'll end up doing it myself eventually but I want to make sure I keep everything well documented to cover myself in case any issues arise. So far so good though - super happy with the truck...
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always do it my self. i just save all my receipts.
^^^^ Yup that's what I do. Always have, always will
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