The dealer works out real great for things like oil changes until the sling your door open into a rack.. even though they paid for the fix in my case, IMO my new truck wasn’t so new anymore and still to today I just don’t have that perfect truck feel anymore because of the dealer (@7,000 miles. I’ll probaly take the loss and trade it in when the 2019 single cabs come out, or I come across the right new 17 or 18.The other consideration for having a professioanl do the work is the (usually free/included) inspection of other systems and fluids of your vehicle. "Knowing if it's done" right isn't a matter of doing it yourself as much as finding a good shop with good techs that you trust (IMHO.)
So, again, I'm asking the group what they're accustomed to paying for an oil change. In a previous life I was a Service Advisor at a couple different shops and our oil changes were loss leaders to attract customers, not a service which supported the overhead of the shop.
To be honest- me, as technician (made my degree based on this and out of the shop now for over 15 years, and don't work on cars anymore since even over 20 years, also worked as service advisor and service manager), I understand very well- I actually had it with working on cars and rather would had folded card board, than do this job again.
I have so much other, and more interesting things to do, than laying in the dirt in my driveway and do, what others do for a small amount of money. Also- when the truck is on the lift, they usually have this 20 point inspection for free- fluids, brakes, brake lines, fuel lines, damages, functions, etc... and to do this- nah...
I also found out, when I buy the oil and the filter at wal mart, with my truck- 5.7L Hemi- I'm even more expensive, than the dealer, when I use my coupons (be smart- join the RAM owners club at RAM.com and you will be surprised) I pay between $35 and $40 per oil change, compared to $55.00 parts and oil at wally world. And there, I would have to do the work by my self. So even cheaper, when I let them do it.
I don't know, if you bought a extended warranty, but I bought it for additional $10 per month for a 7-year 100000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, where I have to pay either 10% or max $100 in case, and there where 8 oil changes included for free. Plus, I had another 4 oil complementary oil changes from the dealer, which they give everyone anyway, when you buy a used vehicle.
As we bought the charger, we also bought a 7-year bumper to bumper warranty and the pay all oil changes for the whole duration of the warranty. This was also a extra $10.00 investment. I thought- well- it cost me as much as 2 oil changes per year- with free warranty. worth it.
Because of the $200 oil changes (varies probably by region but should be somewhere in the range), a Eco Diesel maintenance can never equalize the better fuel mileage, when you don't drive at least 30000 miles/year, if you also count the higher price and also higher price of Diesel fuel.
I think, with $200, you're still in the green, when you see, what the parts alone cost.
I'm just lucky, I found a dealer, when I come for an oil change, they just do the oil change, don't try to sell me shit and don't ask me every time I drive on the lot, if I don't want to trade my truck in for a new one. I drive in, get my work done, pay and leave. That's what I like. If I need something, I know, who to ask.