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savafan
01-18-2006, 05:01 PM
Okay, where is a good, cheap, reliable place in the Dayton Mall area to get an oil change? I have no problem paying $20-$25 for an oil change, but some of these places charging $50 for this service is a little extreme, in my opinion. Also, when I go in to get my oil changed, and I'm told that it is going to take longer than an hour...that is just not acceptable. I've done the Wal-Mart thing, just tried there before heading to work, but they told me that they couldn't change my oil and have my car ready in time for me to make it to work. Why when there are so many places that can change your oil in 10 minutes, Wal-Mart can't do it in less than an hour? Not to mention the last time I went there, they forgot to replace my engine coolant. They emptied my old coolant, just didn't put any new in. :angry:

Reds4Life
01-18-2006, 05:06 PM
Best best is to change it yourself. Most of the quick lube places aren't staffed with the smartest people in the world.

savafan
01-18-2006, 05:12 PM
That's not really an option right now, as I don't have a garage, or even off street parking.

Stewie
01-18-2006, 05:35 PM
The one time I got my oil changed out here, I went to Precision Tune on 741 in Moraine (at least I think it was in Moraine). It was on 741 heading away from the mall, and just before Dixie. The price was decent (although they were having a big special when I went), and they were quick and I haven't had problems since.

CrackerJack
01-18-2006, 05:37 PM
This is always a challenge - the cheap places take forever and you're a low priority there if that's all you're doing - because they're usually body or muffler/brake shops.

I go to Jiffy Lube when I have the extra $ and need a quick one - they at least vacumn the car, clean the windows, check tire pressure and all my filters and fluids etc..., It costs about $39 with standard oil and no new air filter or anything else.

Firestone isn't bad - they screwed up my change once right in front of me as they forgot the put the oil cap back on and tried pulling it out of the garage and it went everywhere - causing an extra 20 minute wait. I don't go there for anything other than tires anymore.

I cannot offer any help in the area - but my local CarX has some good fellas there that can get to me within a half hour normally - as long as it's not on a Saturday - calling the night before helps a lot to determine their workload.

You really have to check/call around and find a place you like and trust - Jiffy Lubes are just too ridiculously expensive - and changing it yourself is a huge pain IMO if you don't have the space, ramps, pan, etc.., to work with - plus it can take up to an hour and get you pretty dirty...just to save $20 not worth it IMO.

gonelong
01-18-2006, 06:02 PM
Savafan, there is a service that a few people at my office use. They come out in a van and change the oil right in our parking lot while your inside working. They seem very professional. They call a few minutes ahead of time and you walk the keys out to them. They call again and you pick up your keys. If I recall correctly, its quite a bit less expensive than the Jiffy Lube type places, though I don't know how "full service" it is ... if they check belts, hoses, fill up all fluids, etc.

I'll try to find a number for you, maybe they have something in your area. One of the guys has used them for years, so they must at least be decent.

I have a tire discounters within walking distance from work ... so I drop my car off and walk to work ... then pick it up and go to lunch. Works great.

GL

GAC
01-18-2006, 08:47 PM
No Super WalMarts in the area? I get it done for under $20. I get it down around here at a couple different quickie lube places, and it has never cost me over $25. If someone is charging $50, then I'd laugh right in their faces. Ridiculous.

gonelong
01-23-2006, 03:08 PM
Savafan - not sure if this is applicable in your area, but you might as well call to check on it.

ON-SITE Oil Change Service
- We come to your home or office.

Lori A. Andrews, Owner

937-433-4161

Note: I have not used this service myself, though the guy I got the number from does still use it from time to time. He thought it was $27.00 or so.

GL

macro
01-23-2006, 03:27 PM
Yep, $50 is crazy. Here in central Kentucky I can get it done at a Pennzoil place for $22.50 and they guarantee it to take no longer than 10 minutes from the time they take your keys.

Avoid Walmart for anything that you don't want to take a long time. They don't take appointments, so they get backed up quickly every day. Walmart does several things very well. Auto service is not one of them.

GAC
01-23-2006, 09:12 PM
I quit going to the one quickie lube place here in town because they not only want to change your oil but are running over to you every five seconds trying to get you to buy something else - showing you your wiper blades are worn, your air filter may need replaced, when's the last time you flushed your radiator, yada, yadda, yadda. And of course their prices are triple.

JUST CHANGE THE OIL!!!

Big Donkey
01-24-2006, 02:01 AM
Sava, not sure if there are any Monro joints down around your part of the area, but I know they've expanded quite a bit through the Dayton region recently so there's a good chance one is there. Anyhow, I got tired of changing my own oil because after a certain year, the oil pans are much more difficult to get to, and I don't feel like having ulnar replacement surgery in my elbow twisting the ratchet to get under there anymore. :D So I gave in and started having it done... anyhow, near my work is a Monro Muffler, and I've had it done there for anywhere from $13-20, depending on specials they have going on, which is often. Just another suggestion if you're still looking.

savafan
01-24-2006, 10:57 AM
Thanks, I got it done at Wal Mart last week right before going to work. I had to go in on three different days before they could get me in between shifts, and it still took them 2 hours and had me running 10 minutes late getting to work. Luckily there weren't any highway patrolmen on the interstate that day. I am going to research for next time to find a different place.

RedFanAlways1966
01-25-2006, 02:32 PM
Just had my done at 12:15 pm on a Wednesday. Took 15 minutes and cost $29.95 before tax. Of course they tried to sell me the kitchen sink, but a simple no each time stopped that (learning to say no is a great thing!). The location was a Grease Monkey a 1/4-mile north of the Kettering Meijer's store on Wilmington Pike.

The time thing was a bit lucky. 5 mintues after I pulled right into one of the two avail. spots, 4-5 more cars showed up. I am sure they waited longer than 15 minutes.

Heath
01-25-2006, 03:39 PM
What about the Valvoline Instant Oil Change on Wilmington?

They tend to be a little cheaper - plus - IIRC - a little less pushy.

RedFanAlways1966
01-25-2006, 04:27 PM
Heath: What part of Wilmington Pike is that located? I went to the Grease Monkey b/c it was close to my work and convenient. I am curious about the Valvoline place. As far as I am concerned they all do the same thing (I hope... oil cap back in place, please!) and that makes time and $$$ the most important thing.

Thanks!

Johnny Footstool
01-25-2006, 04:42 PM
Savafan, there is a service that a few people at my office use. They come out in a van and change the oil right in our parking lot while your inside working. They seem very professional. They call a few minutes ahead of time and you walk the keys out to them. They call again and you pick up your keys. If I recall correctly, its quite a bit less expensive than the Jiffy Lube type places, though I don't know how "full service" it is ... if they check belts, hoses, fill up all fluids, etc.

gonelong, my wife's company here in KC used to have a service like this that came around the employee parking lot while they were at work. Then one of the employees checked his oil and discovered that the company hadn't changed it at all.

I guess that could be an issue with any oil change you get anywhere, though. You should always check your fluids afterwards.

Heath
01-25-2006, 06:38 PM
Heath: What part of Wilmington Pike is that located? I went to the Grease Monkey b/c it was close to my work and convenient. I am curious about the Valvoline place. As far as I am concerned they all do the same thing (I hope... oil cap back in place, please!) and that makes time and $$$ the most important thing.

Thanks!

RFA - the one I used to use was the one on N. Fairfield, south of Fairfield Commons Mall. It is near Dayton-Xenia - I used it a lot when I was in college at Wright State.

The one I saw was on Wilmington south of 675. I can't remember though if it was north of 725 in all that retail stuff - or just south.

They have a website - just Google "Valvoline Instant Oil Change" - One would think they have maps, directions, or even coupons.

I just go to my local mechanic now. I've bought good quality used cars off him. I just have him drop me off at work and then I get a ride to pick it up after work.

creek14
01-25-2006, 06:46 PM
RFA - the one I used to use was the one on N. Fairfield, south of Fairfield Commons Mall. It is near Dayton-Xenia
That's the one I go to. When they come to the window and start with the sales pitches, I just say "I only want an oil change" and that's that.

My mom went to Wal-Mart (the devil's work) once. They forgot to put the little keep the oil in the car bolty thing back on. Luckily she got home before all the oil drained out. She called WM and they told her to bring the car back in - without any oil. I got on the line and told them to come to her house with a bolty thing and several quarts of oil.

Phil in BG
01-26-2006, 07:23 AM
I risk the ire of anyone who's ever had a bad experience at a dealership, but there are good ones out there. I've been a service director at a Chevy dealership in Toledo for 22 years. I have 2 full time lube techs. We charge 19.95 for most cars and about 22.00 for most trucks. We do them in a half hour including a car wash. We don't try to sell a bunch of junk like the quick lubes. We provide value because we don't want our customers going anywhere else for anything. We feel anyone who buys a new car is our customer first and if they go anywhere else we've lost them. Same family owned business since 1909.

reds1869
01-26-2006, 08:48 AM
VIOC is excellent. I got my oil changed there last night for $19.99 and was out in under ten minutes. Since they are not comissioned sales people teh pitch was almost non-existant.

Never, EVER, go to Wal-Mart if you have an unusual car. They don't know how to deal with anything that is not a Ford, Chevey, Dodge or Toyota. Long story short, they destroyed my brother in law's engine on an expensive foreign car. It was his own fault for being so dumb, though, and he's still convinced it was intentional. As his dad said, that's what you get for taking a thoroughbred to the mule pit.

Roy Tucker
01-26-2006, 09:34 AM
They forgot to put the little keep the oil in the car bolty thing back on.


Creek, you can sling that technical jargon with the best of them right there.

919191
01-26-2006, 09:50 AM
That's the one I go to. When they come to the window and start with the sales pitches, I just say "I only want an oil change" and that's that.

My mom went to Wal-Mart (the devil's work) once. They forgot to put the little keep the oil in the car bolty thing back on. Luckily she got home before all the oil drained out. She called WM and they told her to bring the car back in - without any oil. I got on the line and told them to come to her house with a bolty thing and several quarts of oil.


I took a car to Wal-Mart for an oil change once, and they told me it would be about 45 minutes.

I walked around the store for the 45 minutes and went back to the sr=ervice area. They hadn't done it. My oil plug - the little keep the oil in the car bolty thing - was slightly rounded off, and they weren't allowed to touch those. I told the guy "You know, out there in the tool section you have several pairs of vice grips. Anyone here know how to operate them?" He said it was policy. I asked him if it was also their policy to not call my name when they decided to not do the work. Idiots.

creek14
01-26-2006, 09:57 AM
Creek, you can sling that technical jargon with the best of them right there.
It's a gift. :p: :cool:

macro
01-26-2006, 01:15 PM
I took a car to Wal-Mart for an oil change once, and they told me it would be about 45 minutes.

I walked around the store for the 45 minutes and went back to the sr=ervice area. They hadn't done it. My oil plug - the little keep the oil in the car bolty thing - was slightly rounded off, and they weren't allowed to touch those. I told the guy "You know, out there in the tool section you have several pairs of vice grips. Anyone here know how to operate them?" He said it was policy. I asked him if it was also their policy to not call my name when they decided to not do the work. Idiots.

I had a similar experience in my one and only trip to the Walmart Tire and Lube "Express" (the word "express" is used very lightly, apparently). It has been so long, I don't even remember the specifics, but I recall having to hang out at Walmart for almost two hours when the use of a little common sense on their part could've saved me the time.

cincinnati chili
01-27-2006, 08:54 AM
Best best is to change it yourself. Most of the quick lube places aren't staffed with the smartest people in the world.

Now might be a good time for MWM to rehash what happened when he tried to save money and do an oil change himself.

http://www.fpasa.co.za/gallery/car_on_fire.jpg

RFS62
01-27-2006, 08:57 AM
Now might be a good time for MWM to rehash what happened when he tried to save money and do an oil change himself.

http://www.fpasa.co.za/gallery/car_on_fire.jpg



Let's not minimize your part in that sad story. You're the one who told him the oil goes in the cupholder.

GAC
01-27-2006, 09:01 AM
That's the one I go to. When they come to the window and start with the sales pitches, I just say "I only want an oil change" and that's that.

My mom went to Wal-Mart (the devil's work) once. They forgot to put the little keep the oil in the car bolty thing back on. Luckily she got home before all the oil drained out. She called WM and they told her to bring the car back in - without any oil. I got on the line and told them to come to her house with a bolty thing and several quarts of oil.

Just got back from WalMarts the other day to have a tire replaced. They changed the wrong one. I asked the tech - didn't he realize that the tire he was replacing looked awfully new and question that? But if you seen this guy you'd realize why he didn't. They pulled it right back in a made it right.

And these people want better pay and healthcare. :rolleyes:

Dom Heffner
01-27-2006, 11:41 AM
And these people want better pay and healthcare.

I thought they only made one perfect person? ;)

I had my oil changed yesterday at Pennzoil and it was done in 6 minutes.

They, of course, forgot to rotate my tires, which took an additional 10, but that oil change was the fastest I've ever seen.

GAC
01-27-2006, 08:19 PM
It's a gift. :p: :cool:

The thing is - at WalMarts, that's what their "quality certified" trained mechanics call it too! :lol: