by Gary Opper
Changing your car's oil is a necessity that every car owner has to do in order to keep his or her car in excellent shape. If you aren't a Do-It-Yourselfer, here are some great tips to make sure you get the best oil change options.
Referrals: Ask your friends and family members what shops they use for oil changes. This is a great way to find great places and avoid horrible ones. You can also get a gauge for how much money the average person is paying, and what competitive prices are.
Services: What type of services are you looking for? Do you literally just want the oil changed and that is it? Are you hoping for a full service oil change, with replacements of filters and wiper fluid, etc.? Know what type of services you are interested in so you can let the technicians know when you get there. Most businesses will have a few packages to meet your oil changing needs.
Find discounts. You don't have to pay full-price for oil changes if you search for coupons and discounts that shops offer from time-to-time. Coupons can be found in a variety of ways, including direct mail, newspaper ads, or online coupon sites. Some company's even offer discount specials directly on their site, or you can call and ask them directly if they have any specials going on.
Do some price-comparison shopping. Beware services that charge a lot more than other companies, as well as any companies that charge a lot less than other competitors as well. It's natural to think higher prices mean better quality services, but it typically just means you are being ripped off. Services that charge a lot less than their competitors might save you money, but it is also a red flag that they won't have decent service or good, quality products. You get what you pay for, and oil changes are no exception.
Have a timeline. When you show up for an oil change there will be times when the technician will tell you that you need to replace extra things, or flush transmissions. Knowing the timeline to get these things done can help you know whether the technician is really looking out for your best interest or is just looking for an up-sell.
Filters need to be replaced pretty regularly. Oil filters are what keep any lose dirt and debris from getting in your oil. Oil filters aren't very expensive, and should typically be replaced every 1-3 oil changes. Air filters, however, aren't needed to be replaced as often as oil filters. They should usually be replaced every 12,000 to 20,000 miles, unless you live in a dusty climate. Living around a lot of dirt will require more regular air filter replacements.
Transmission and engine coolant flushes are also brought up, though these needs will be based off of the make and model of your car. As a general rule transmission flushes should occur every few years or every 24,000 miles or so. Engine coolant flushes aren't usually that necessary, as long as you are keeping tabs on the level of your coolant.
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