DIY Oil Change: My First Experience Changing My Car's Oil

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Vad

Subject: Change in a shop, but bring your own oil.

I'm now using the advice of my mechanic: I change the oil at a shop, but I bring my own oil. Reason being, many shops, especially chains like Jiffy Lube and such, mix used oil with new. Indeed, factoring in the cost of the oil + filter, the shop that changes the oil for under $20 makes practically no profit, so cheating with the oil is their only way to have this operation profitable. So I come with my own oil. So far nobody objected. As for the oil itself, it's pretty basic product, brand makes no difference, so just buy the cheapest one.

Larry

Subject: Bring it to a shop

I say this for a couple reasons,
1 helping the economy. Sure, you can save a couple bucks, but it is a dirty job, and not worth the mess. It's not that expensive, so why not bring it to an american business and give them the boost!?
2 Diagnostics! They change your oil, and do an inspection of brakes tires etc! I am a do it yourself kinda guy. So, when they say my brakes are bad, I can go to the parts store and get the parts myself and save some real money- ie front brakes on my car at the shop cost $500, parts at the store for brakes and rotors, -$100
or, say they say it's time to change my coolant, $150, if I can swing it, I will have them do it! or I can do it myself, BUT, Having a professional look over your car, will save you headaches down the road, and all it costs is the price of an oil change. well worth it for me!

Rick

Subject: No longer worth the trouble, to me

I used to change my own oil all the time. But when you factor in the time it takes to buy, change, and dispose of the oil, not to mention the inevitable mess and possible skinned knuckles (especially when going the filter)...I just don't think it's worth it! I'd rather find some other way to save 15 bucks.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.