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roadrunner
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I have a 2000 Toyota Celica that is due for an oil change. I called the Toyota dealership (which does not exist if you do a search on toyota.com, interestingly) and was told that they have no more time for appointments this week. So I asked for an appointment at a later date. Then she asked if I've ever been there before. I haven't, so she said I can't make an appointment but I need to do a walk-in with my registration. Then they can change my oil. She said they have walk-in time tomorrow. If they have walk-in time, why on earth can't they make an appointment for me tomorrow? That's guaranteed money for them, rather than sitting around and hoping someone will show up! (I know, I know, welcome to the VI...) I'm working 12 hours overnight tonight and will be in no mood to drive over there and hope they can fit me in tomorrow. If I had an appointment, I'd be happy to drive over there and get it overwith.

So. This brings me to my question. Does anyone have any better suggestions for a place that can do an oil change? The only other little issue with my car is that there's a cover over the undercarriage which has been repeatedly scraped and popped off (partially) by potholes, so it's now held in place with a rope (not visible unless you get under the car) that one of my visitors who borrowed my car managed to rig up. (Yes, my poor car has graduated to Island Car status.) I'd be happy if whoever removes the cover to change the oil would just leave the damn thing off and throw it away.

Alternatively, if I can talk my boyfriend into changing the oil himself... where do we take the old oil? And where's a good place to get new oil?

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2011 5:23 pm
Highlander32
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Just ask Exit Zero, Lizard or Poontang. They are all experts in the automotive field.

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Posted : April 6, 2011 6:20 pm
Gymrat130
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Go to page 7 or 8 and read the topic "Caribbean Auto Mart Bad News". Maybe that will answer some of your questions.

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Posted : April 6, 2011 6:26 pm
Exit Zero
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Maybe bring down a stateside 'expert' and his tools to help you out?
Instead ! Try - Sibilly and Bryan Auto - located behind Gottlieb Gas station - 776 - 8685 - Very reliable, honest local mechanics.
Ask them if that guard below the oil pan is necessary - it might be there for good cause and save a big repair if they put it on right.
Old oil can be taken to the Disposal Center at the dump in Bovoni -- it is free
K-Mart seems to have the best prices on oil or sometimes Western Auto.

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Posted : April 6, 2011 6:50 pm
Bombi
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http://stcroixsource.com/content/news/local-news/2011/02/06/work-oil-genie

or go to car zone at 5 corners and get oil and a filter for 19.95 and have the BF do it or take it to Jeff and Terry's 718-3325 just after Mc Donalds in Golden Rock
used oil goes to Public Works in Anna's Hope

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Posted : April 6, 2011 6:59 pm
roadrunner
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Thanks for the tips. I particularly like the Oil Genie idea!

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Topic starter Posted : April 6, 2011 7:48 pm
speee1dy
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oil genie 332-7422

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Posted : April 6, 2011 8:04 pm
terry
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H and H tire just past five corners, see Dennis!

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Posted : April 6, 2011 9:58 pm
Juanita
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Jeff and Terry (tu)

Oil Genie is rude and pushy. (td)

We take our cars to Jeff and Terry for everything, except tires. I don't know how they rate as far as price...they may be more or less, but they are fair, fast and honest.

Also a good idea for you to have a rapport with a local mechanic for when it's more than just an oil change. We have been using J&T for about 4 years now, and it's just soooooo easy to call up and say ...hey, we need.....and they always say bring it right in! That's a hugh thing.

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Posted : April 6, 2011 11:05 pm
Neil
 Neil
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Its Dennis at Target tire who is just past 5 corners. Oil chg there is $65.

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Posted : April 7, 2011 12:44 pm
stxem
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I've used Oil Genie several times and have had very good experiences. He has been very nice to me-- once he went out of his way to help me take off an old side mirror and put on a new one. Sometimes he takes a day to get back to you, but otherwise I've had great service.

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Posted : April 7, 2011 3:58 pm
roadrunner
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I ended up calling Oil Genie for the convenience. And convenient it was! I left him a voicemail, and he called back within a couple of hours. We set up an appointment for noon today, and he arrived a few minutes early. He was finished in about 45 minutes. Very polite and professional. He handed me a printout when he left, detailing the fluids he had topped off and what he thought might need to be replaced soon (or not). There was no pressure to have him do any of the replacements (not sure if he does that stuff anyway). Total cost: $50, which is certainly more than a do-it-yourself job or a trip to a mechanic, but it was totally worth it to me to be able to do other things in my own home while he got the task done.

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Topic starter Posted : April 8, 2011 6:59 pm
Exit Zero
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If the $50 included oil and filter and disposal that is as cheap as any mechanic in his shop - and he came to you and at your convenience - + check the fluids and top them off -- I hope you gave him a big tip!

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Posted : April 9, 2011 4:47 am
BeachcomberStt
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Great deal!
Wish we had one on STT with the same price.

The nice young men at Advanced Auto Parts(Western Auto) have put in a battery and installed windshield wipers for free. (Tipped them of course)
Always find them very helpful there.

Saw someone from a large corporation/company on island take a tip for services the person gets paid big money for. I don't believe it is allowed. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

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Posted : April 9, 2011 4:48 pm
Skullwithhair
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Maybe bring down a stateside 'expert' and his tools to help you out?
Instead ! Try - Sibilly and Bryan Auto - located behind Gottlieb Gas station - 776 - 8685 - Very reliable, honest local mechanics.
Ask them if that guard below the oil pan is necessary - it might be there for good cause and save a big repair if they put it on right.
Old oil can be taken to the Disposal Center at the dump in Bovoni -- it is free
K-Mart seems to have the best prices on oil or sometimes Western Auto.

"......hang tight,there will be a new sheriff in town June 1st

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Posted : April 10, 2011 2:08 am
Exit Zero
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Maybe bring down a stateside 'expert' and his tools to help you out?
Instead ! Try - Sibilly and Bryan Auto - located behind Gottlieb Gas station - 776 - 8685 - Very reliable, honest local mechanics.
Ask them if that guard below the oil pan is necessary - it might be there for good cause and save a big repair if they put it on right.
Old oil can be taken to the Disposal Center at the dump in Bovoni -- it is free
K-Mart seems to have the best prices on oil or sometimes Western Auto.

"......hang tight,there will be a new sheriff in town June 1st

_____----------Been here long enough to see a lot of sheriffs come and go - Best of luck. EZ

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Posted : April 10, 2011 3:18 am
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