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01-02-2013, 05:09 PM
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They're such nice young men, aren't they? I went in for an oil change, and they found that my coolant level (whatever that is) was dangerously low, so they offered to fill it up. They even gave me ten dollars off! Then they did some other things that they said were needed (or I would be causing lots of permanent damage to my car) and it only cost me $300 in total.

Man, if it weren't for them I'd be having very serious issues with my car. Bless them.

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Bout' time you got that oil change.

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They're such nice young men, aren't they? I went in for an oil change, and they found that my coolant level (whatever that is) was dangerously low, so they offered to fill it up. They even gave me ten dollars off! Then they did some other things that they said were needed (or I would be causing lots of permanent damage to my car) and it only cost me $300 in total.

Man, if it weren't for them I'd be having very serious issues with my car. Bless them.
Sounds like your complete lack of knowledge was their gain.

I suspect they saw you coming.

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I'm surprised they didn't offer to fill up your blinker fluid too

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I have a friend who took his dad's car in for an oil change and wound up with an $800 bill.

Would've loved to hear that conversation when he told his dad.

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50 bucks to change an air filter, or cabin air filter...or wiper blades? Absolutely bargain!

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Do people really pay to have their oil changed? You could buy a jack, jack stands, 5 quarts of oil, and a filter for around 50-60$.

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I always expect seriousness and 100% truth when reading Hugh Mann's posts.

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Seriously, I work in the trade. I do my best to give honest advice and if its stupid easy i don't charge labor. Some things the labor is arbitrarily added because the manual says that's how much you must charge the customer.

But seriously, this is my life, I need to make money and I'm not looking to steal it away. I'm just doing honest work that you don't want to do because you will likely **** it up. If you don't like the prices, blame the parts department. for employees alone its a 20% markup..i don't want to discuss retail prices.

If you don't like the price, learn to do it yourself. I have no problem explaining to a customer what is wrong and heads up if you need a specialty tool.

If you you want it done, do it yourself. If you want it done right, hire a professional.

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Seriously, I work in the trade. I do my best to give honest advice and if its stupid easy i don't charge labor. Some things the labor is arbitrarily added because the manual says that's how much you must charge the customer.

But seriously, this is my life, I need to make money and I'm not looking to steal it away. I'm just doing honest work that you don't want to do because you will likely **** it up. If you don't like the prices, blame the parts department. for employees alone its a 20% markup..i don't want to discuss retail prices.

If you don't like the price, learn to do it yourself. I have no problem explaining to a customer what is wrong and heads up if you need a specialty tool.

If you you want it done, do it yourself. If you want it done right, hire a professional.

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There are a million examples that prove the bold statement is bull ****.

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There are a million examples that prove the bold statement is bull ****.
And a million examples that prove it is true. I work as a carpenter and used to do high-end natural stone and I've seen countless times where someone tried to do work themselves because the home depot told them they could or they hired the cheap guy to save themselves some money and wound up paying more in the end to have it re-done.

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Do people really pay to have their oil changed? You could buy a jack, jack stands, 5 quarts of oil, and a filter for around 50-60$.
Lots of people, guys and girls, aren't handy enough or can't be bothered doing it. For my truck, the oil and filters are a little pricey so I can actually get it changed for pretty close to what the parts would cost me. And my filter is a pita to get to so I rather just let someone else deal it.

My gf drives a jeep, though, and it's the easiest vehicle to change the oil in. Literally takes me like 5 mins start to finish.

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And a million examples that prove it is true. I work as a carpenter and used to do high-end natural stone and I've seen countless times where someone tried to do work themselves because the home depot told them they could or they hired the cheap guy to save themselves some money and wound up paying more in the end to have it re-done.



Lots of people, guys and girls, aren't handy enough or can't be bothered doing it. For my truck, the oil and filters are a little pricey so I can actually get it changed for pretty close to what the parts would cost me. And my filter is a pita to get to so I rather just let someone else deal it.

My gf drives a jeep, though, and it's the easiest vehicle to change the oil in. Literally takes me like 5 mins start to finish.
Obviously people need to realize their own limitations but if you are a hands on, mechanical inclined do-it-yourself-er, most jobs can be done yourself and save a ton of money.


But we do agree on one thing. If you're going to have someone else do a job for you reputation and past work is more important than cost. Only get quotes from reputable, established companies, avoid the fly by night...... name change every other year contractors.

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They're such nice young men, aren't they? I went in for an oil change, and they found that my coolant level (whatever that is) was dangerously low, so they offered to fill it up. They even gave me ten dollars off! Then they did some other things that they said were needed (or I would be causing lots of permanent damage to my car) and it only cost me $300 in total.

Man, if it weren't for them I'd be having very serious issues with my car. Bless them.
Actually you would be ****ed without a mechanic if you can't do something as simple as changing the oil. The car isn't going to regenerate or change the oil itself so your engine doesn't blow up.

Usually when this happens to people, they start to read up on car maintenance rather than posting a whiny post on a message board. And if they don't, it's only their fault.

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