Important Facts to Know About Cheap Oil Changes
In today’s world, it goes without saying that you always get exactly what you pay for. For instance, finding the automotive shop that advertises cheap oil changes is surely apt to be a bad choice and definitely not the best value for your money. With that said the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to take this time to help all our valued clients understand the difference between a good oil change deal and a bad one. Our certified team of automotive techs takes tremendous pride in providing all our valued clients with top-rated products and services and that includes offering insight on what to look for and what to expect with your next oil change.
The $19.95 Oil Change
We are all familiar with those ever popular $19.95 oil change advertisements, whether we see it on TV, hear it on the radio or even see it online. More times than with those ads you’re going to see language similar to “Premium oil change with a complete inspection.” However, if you look closely at the ad or listen closely you will learn that the oil change and the advertised price are only good for conventional grade oils only which typically does not satisfy the needs of newer cars dated 2000 and forward. So, when you get to the automotive shop to take advantage of the low price you learn that the ‘cheap oil change special’ is not suited to your vehicle.
The disclaimer will further make mention that the price is valid for ‘up to 5 quarts of a conventional oil’ and that there are ‘extra fees for synthetic or semi-synthetic blends of motor oil.’ In addition, you are sure to see language that says ‘cartridge oil filters come with an extra charge.’ Well, that is certainly no bargain at all since most vehicles today are equipped with cartridge filters’ which means there is an additional charge right off the cuff when you walk in the door. The disclaimer will also read something like “good for most cars.” Ok, well how do you know if your car is one of those ‘most cars’? At the end of the day, it will typically turn out that many, if not most cars, are excluded from their ‘can’t go wrong’ oil change and inspection special.
The second part of the cheap oil change advertisement says ‘complete inspection.’ However, the fine print will tell you that it is simply a brake inspection performed visually only and is in no way a complete brake inspection with the wheels removed. This is yet another false representation.
Having shared all of this with you, we want our valued clients to recognize that the average cost today for an oil change for most vehicles ranging from the year 2000 through to 2019 will fall in the approximate range of $39.95. Additional charges for taxes and the hazardous waste fee that is affiliated with the old parts and oil removed from your vehicle at the time of the oil change are the only other charges added to this number. The cost of ‘good’ oil nowadays is about $3.95 per quart (a typical oil change includes 5 quarts of oil) tack on the cost of the oil filter and a wee bit for labor and you have yourself a fair price for your car’s typical oil change.
We hope you have found this information useful. The qualified automotive techs here at Auto Clinic of Franklin are on hand to provide you with a summary of any charges linked to your oil changes that we perform here. Today, every dollar matters. So be sure to look to the trusted team of professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin for all your oil changes, automotive repairs and your routine auto services. We want to help you avoid cheap oil changes that can harm your vehicle and ultimately cost more than the advertised price. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the most affordable, top-rated automotive products and services to meet your every need. Don’t delay. Contact our team and schedule your service appointment today!