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Oil change on Stx--why so costly?

 
Betsyshaffer
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I understand 'things' costing more due to shipping, but why an oil change?? All I can find is $50 for a small suv. Anyone know of better price?

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Topic starter Posted : March 22, 2016 6:45 pm
speee1dy
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no

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Posted : March 22, 2016 7:05 pm
TommySTX
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Less than $25 if you have the ability to do it yourself. Even for someone with no knowledge it should only take about 30 minutes. Buy the oil and filter at Kmart. They sell the 5 quart containers and oil filters. Then all you need is an old rag, a wrench to pull off the oil pan plug and possibly a filter wrench, though most of the time you can remove those with a firm grip. Go to youtube and just search on "how to change your oil". I understand not all people are physically capable but if you are, it's a huge hassle and money saver to do it yourself.

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Posted : March 22, 2016 7:05 pm
OldTart
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DIY is an option but $50 is the norm here for commercial.

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Posted : March 22, 2016 7:08 pm
Afriend
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Back on the mainland oil changes vary from a low of around $35 to a high of around $75 so $50 isn't that far off the mark.

Yes you can change your oil for around $25 if you DIY but for me those days are long gone. I have no intention of crawling under a car and will gladly pay $50 to some to do the work for me.

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Posted : March 22, 2016 7:25 pm
Betsyshaffer
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I was paying $22 in Pittsburgh ...

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Topic starter Posted : March 22, 2016 7:31 pm
vicanuck
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When people ask me what's the best business idea for the island, I tell them that a 10 minute oil change store would make them a millionaire.

Sure I'm happy to pay $50 bucks but does it have to take all day?

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Posted : March 22, 2016 7:37 pm
Alana33
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Isn't there that traveling mechanic on STX that comes to your home and does simple car repairs and fixes?

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Posted : March 22, 2016 7:47 pm
OldTart
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Isn't there that traveling mechanic on STX that comes to your home and does simple car repairs and fixes?

For less than $50?

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Posted : March 22, 2016 8:12 pm
Alana33
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Be worth it not waiting around or having to drop off car, get a ride home and back but don't know what it costs especially if you've already purchased the oil yourself which one can also do if taking in to repair shop.

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Posted : March 22, 2016 8:25 pm
Spartygrad95
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Be worth it not waiting around or having to drop off car, get a ride home and back but don't know what it costs especially if you've already purchased the oil yourself which one can also do if taking in to repair shop.

The place by Allied is really quick. Less than 30 minutes. I think it cost my wife $57, but she uses synthetic

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Posted : March 22, 2016 8:35 pm
OldTart
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The place by Allied is really quick. Less than 30 minutes. I think it cost my wife $57, but she uses synthetic

OP is on STX.

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Posted : March 22, 2016 9:23 pm
islandjoan
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The Oil Genie on STX is the best! He will come and do the oil change wherever you are, for $50. He will check your other fluids and hoses, belts, etc. 332.7422

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Posted : March 22, 2016 9:55 pm
Alana33
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That's who I was thinking of on STX, Islandjoan.
Thanks for info on STT, too, Sparty.

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Posted : March 22, 2016 9:59 pm
singlefin
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If you DIY, on STX, where can you bring the used motor oil?

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Posted : March 22, 2016 10:37 pm
specialk
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The Oil Genie on STX is the best! He will come and do the oil change wherever you are, for $50. He will check your other fluids and hoses, belts, etc. 332.7422

The Oil Genie is great. If you live on the east end he's usually at Ziggy's on Saturday every month or so. But he will come to your home, business, even meet you in a parking lot somewhere. Very reliable. Great service. (tu)

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Posted : March 23, 2016 12:02 am
Scubadoo
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Then all you need is an old rag, a wrench to pull off the oil pan plug and possibly a filter wrench, though most of the time you can remove those with a firm grip.

And unless you have an SUV, probably a jack (you can try and use the miserable thing in the trunk but you often need to get both wheels up) and jack stands or blocks for under the front wheels because it's not safe under the car with only the jack holding it up, wheel chocks for the back wheels, and if your car has a belly pan a few more tools to take that off, and an oil drain pan, maybe a funnel, old rags or paper towels, some band-aides, an old rug or something similar to to lay down on the hard preferably paved and level ground.... *-) that 50 bucks is starting to sound not so bad

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Posted : March 23, 2016 12:11 am
sheiba
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Oil Genie!!!!!

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Posted : March 23, 2016 12:27 am
AandA2VI
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Thanks! I need oil Genie too. I can do it myself but honestly my time is worth more than $50 for the 3-4 hours it will take. $50 for someone to come to my house while I work - done deal.

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Posted : March 23, 2016 7:17 am
JohnnyU
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If it's taking 3-4 hours to change your oil, you're doing it wrong

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Posted : March 23, 2016 9:19 am
BeachcomberStt
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On Stt, it cost me $40 for an oil change & oil filter change. I buy my own synthetic oil and filter at Advanced Auto parts in Tutu. Same price for a transmission oil drain & fill. I buy my own transmission oil.

I got an offer for $30.00, but couldn't meet up with him. Next time.

Maybe if you ask around, you can find someone less expensive if you buy your own products.

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Posted : March 23, 2016 10:28 am
Ca. Dreamers
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If you DIY, on STX, where can you bring the used motor oil?

Public works receives used oil.

CD

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Posted : March 23, 2016 11:26 am
stxsailor
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I highly recommend Oil Genie. he comes to the house and is not only on time he usually arrives 15 minutes early.

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Posted : March 23, 2016 12:12 pm
roadrunner
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Another vote for Oil Genie! He is fantastic. I think I paid about $50, but my time was worth it.

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Posted : March 23, 2016 1:24 pm
rosesisland
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I get mine done at the Ford place. I figure with all the bumps my SUV takes, it not only needs an oil change but, a full checkup as well on their computer. I consider them reasonable and they can see if something else is about to go wrong while they have it in their shop. Gives me peace of mind.

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Posted : March 23, 2016 3:45 pm
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