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Feb 16 2014

Winter Oil Change and More

 


An oil change is a very important service for your car, although there are so many other things going on this winter that I decided to try to give a little bit of help all around for your winter needs.  The winter has been a pretty Harsh one for us so far !! How has it been going for you??? Schedule your oil change and these other auto services at Firestone today.

So…..Maybe it’s that time for you to  Visit Firestone Complete Auto Care Today!

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Aug 23 2013

Pep Boys Oil Change Coupon August

Pep Boys is a fantastic service center for your automobile needs. They are really great for all of your needs when it comes to doing auto related services that you want done when you can’t do them yourself or if you just don’t have the time to do them. Here is a wonderful place for you to take your car to have your oil changed. They will take great care of your prized possession and give you a discount as well. Use the coupon and get yours done before August 31st. Since the cost of oil seems to be increasing, it only makes sense to keep finding these kinds of deals here and using every coupon you can get! Especially when you have to keep your car in good running shape and changing the oil multiple times a year. Keep coming back to find the coupons you need here.

Your Options :

Your Conventional Oil Change

Pep boy oil

So, the conventional oil change will just cost you $24.99. What is included in this service will be up to 5 quarts of conventional motor oil, plus a Proline filter (up to $3.29), a 25 point safety check AND a free tire pressure check

Your Synthetic or High Mileage Oil Change

Pep boy oil2

But, if you would prefer to have a synthetic or high mileage oil change, you can use this coupon instead and just remove $5 from the high mileage oil change (vehicles over 75,000 miles) or $10 from the price of a synthetic oil change.

 

Aug 15 2013

Firestone Oil Change Coupons 2013

 

With Firestone Complete Auto Care you will always get their free nineteen point inspection when you make time for your routine oil changes. This is a very important point for us all to be knowledgeable about, and very lucky to have this extra special detail done for us.

When you go online you can make your appointment to have your service done quick and easy as well. It can’t get ay easier. Find the nearest location and drop in or make your appointment right there on the website.   There is so much information on their website that you can learn a substantial amount of knowledge for you to learn about keeping your autos up to par. Click here and get your coupons and deals from Firestone today.

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They also have great deals on tires at Firestone.
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Aug 10 2013

Advance Auto Parts Oil Change Special

Are you a “do it yourselfer” when it comes to vehicle maintenance? There’s not a thing wrong with that. Getting down and dirty is nothing new when it comes to the love of our cars. Some of us just love to get out there and work on our precious babies ourselves and make the time for it whenever we get the chance. From the oil changes to the huge engine jobs, and even body work, some of us can’t keep our hands off of them.

So when we go down to our local Advance Auto Parts, they will have all of the necessities we need for the job when we have an oil change to do. There is a sale on oil and filters going on and here is the link for you to get that discount. At Advance Auto Parts they carry the best brands that you look for, including Castrol GTX, Mobil, Valvoline, Pennzoil and even their own great name brand.

Monthly Oil Change Special (OCS) page

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Mar 05 2013

Transmission Oil Change Cost

The cost of a transmission oil change is definitely going to be different than your typical engine oil change.  This service is a lot more difficult to do and you need some more training than just watching a Youtube video to figure out how do do this.

You can definitely get discounted pricing if you look around.  We have compiled some discount prices on our page so you don’t have to pay the full amount for a transmission oil change.  There are deals from most major companies like Sears, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Meineke and Midas available for this.

The cost really depends on the shop that you go to.  If you go to a small mechanic shop in town, you might have to pay a little more than if you were to to go to a high volume place like Jiffy Lube who has this work down to a science.

The price should be anywhere from $100-$200.  This may seem like a lot for one service, but you usually only need this once or twice while owning your vehicle.  This amount is definitely a lot less than it would cost to fix a broken transmission, which often runs from about $1,000 to $4,000 for a normal car.

The lower prices are easily attainable when you get a coupon off of any service over a certain amount of money.  You usually won’t find a specific coupon for transmission flushes, but there are a lot of deals that will get you a percentage off of any service over $100.

An automatic transmission fluid transfer (ATF) exchange involves completely draining out your old used up lubricant.  The transmission is then flushed out to remove any gunk, grime or other materials that shouldn’t be in your transmission.  This is a difficult and time consuming task which makes the price go up so much.  Once the tranny is flushed out, they will fill your transmission with brand new transmission fluid.

When should you change your transmission fluid?

Generally, it is recommended that you change this fluid every 30,000 miles or so.  If you do a significant amount of stop and go driving, you might want to consider getting it more often to avoid having your transmission slip or breakdown.

 

Feb 28 2013

Oil Change Kit

The cheapest way to do most things is to actually do it yourself.  A cheeseburger in a restaurant can often cost about $15, but if you make it at home it will cost you about $2 or less.

You can apply the same economics to an oil change.  Oil changes usually cost about $25 for a conventional oil change or $70 for a synthetic oil change.  You can go to Pep Boys and get 5 quarts of conventional motor oil for $15-$20 or synthetic for about $40. Right there you can see this is a great way to at least get a cheap synthetic oil change.

Oil Change Kits

You can go out and buy each of these oil change tools one by one, but that can get a little more expensive and you won’t have the best combination of items.  There are going to be a few options from your basic kit, about $15, to an advanced kit, closer to $100.

Basic Oil Change Kit

Hopkins OP-KIT Oil Change Kit

You can get this kit on Amazon for a great deal.  This comes with all of the bare essential for an oil change, minus the ratchet set.  You’ll get:

  •  oil drain pan
  • oil filter gripper
  • tight spot funnel
  • two pairs of gloves
  • two shop towels

That is pretty much all you need to perform a basic oil change.  On Amazon, you can get this for a little under $15.  That will pay for itself over several uses and definitely save you money over time.

Mityvac 7201 Fluid Evacuator Plus

This isn’t really an oil change kit.  It is more of a tool that you can use to make doing oil changes a lot easier.  I wouldn’t really recommend this for doing oil changes at home unless you are going to start charging your neighbors for oil changes.  You’ll also need an oil filter housing cup wrench along with this, but this will be the cleanest and easiest way to do an oil change without having to get under your engine.  This costs a little under $100 on Amazon.

Feb 22 2013

Cost of Oil Change

You never really question the cost of an oil change until you need to get one.  Then you start wondering why the prices are so much different everywhere you look.  Well, that is if you can actually find the prices.  Most companies seem to hide the actual cost of an oil change from you.  Usually when you find an oil change coupon, they will say how much you are saving and not how much the final price actually is.

There are actually a lot of factors that go into how much an oil change will cost.  You have to take into consideration the type of oil you are getting, any discounts you are receiving, whether or not you are getting  a new filter and also the area you are in.

Different Type of Oil Changes

Prices of differerent oil changes will vary.  Like we have gone over plenty on this site, the main types of oil change are conventional (basic), high mileage, synthetic blend and synthetic.  The prices of each go up in the order that they are listed above.

As for a conventional oil change, these are the cheapest.  You can get a really cheap oil change if you get a basic change using a generic motor oil.  Sometimes you can get a $10 oil change like this, but you should be looking for a good brand like Mobil, Valvoline or Castrol.  Those will cost anywhere from $15-$25 with a coupon or $20-$35 without.

Synthetic blend and high mileage oil changes will cost about the same.  Oftentimes, a high mileage oil change is done with a special synthetic blend meant for older cars with a lot of miles on them.  These oil changes should cost anywhere from $35-$50 with a coupon or $40-$65 without one.

Synthetic oil change prices are going to be the highest.  The actual cost of making the synthetic motor oil is what increases the price so much.  A lab has to create these lubricants from special chemicals to make a higher grade motor oil.  Synthetic oils will last a lot longer though, so you should take that into consideration when you have to choose.  The cost of a synthetic oil change should be anywhere from $45-$65 with synthetic oil change coupon up to $85 without a coupon.

Finding Oil Change Prices

It seems like most companies will hide the price of an oil change.  I have actually called some places like Jiffy Lube that said they won’t tell you the price over the phone.  You can use a few different resources still to find out how much a local oil change will cost.  You can head over to Yelp.com and look through reviews for prices from people that have visited locations in your area.

You can also check out the companies’ websites in your area.  Some companies like NTB and Sears advertise the final oil change prices on their websites.  A lot of other companies won’t do this because regionally prices are different and because franchised shops can charge different prices than the rest of the locations around the country.

Walmart Oil Change Price

Walmart is a good example of a site that won’t advertise how much an oil change costs in their stores.  There aren’t even any Walmart oil change coupons available to give you an idea.  Prices of a Walmart oil change seem to vary based on the location of the stores.  You can sometimes find out how much they will cost by searching Yahoo answer or going to Yelp for reviews.  Typically, the price of a conventional oil change will be somewhere around $30 at Walmart while the synthetic prices are somewhere around $70.

Feb 21 2013

Fast Track Oil Change

Fast Track is a great Wisconsin based oil change company.  They are a small company, but have over 10 locations that are around to give a quick and reliable oil change to people in the area.

Locals seem to really like these shops.  Most of the locations receive high star ratings from Yelp along with some glowing reviews.  The Fast Track in Northridge Lakes seems to be the laggard, only getting 2 stars on the website.  It looks like most, if not all, of the other Fast Track oil change locations have at least 4 stars.

Platinum Oil Change Service

Fast Track has a fancy name for what is a basic oil change at most places.  They call it Platinum, Jiffy Lube calls it Signature Service, everybody has their own name for it.  The Platinum Service Oil Change here includes:

  • Inspect/Fill Transmission Fluid
  • Check Antifreeze/Coolant
  • Inspect/Fill Rear Differential Fluid
  • Check Air Filter
  • Inspect PCV Valve / Breather
  • Wash Windshield
  • Computerized Vehicle History
  • FREE REFILLS for 3 months or 3,000 miles
  • Check/Fill Windshield Solvent
  • Inspect/Fill Power Steering Fluid
  • Check Brake Fluid
  • Inspect/Fill Battery
  • Visual Inspection of Belts and Hoses
  • Check/Fill Tire Pressure
  • Check/Fill Transfer Case (4WD Only)
  • Check/Fill Front Differential (4WD Only)

You can get different grades of motor oil as well when you shop at Fast Track Lube.  All of these are Mobil oil changes.  The basic oil change comes with 5 qts. of Mobil Super® motor oil, high mileage with 5 qts. of Mobil Super® High Mileage motor oil, synthetic blend with 5 qts. of Mobil Super® synthetic blend motor oil and fully synthetic comes with 5 qts. of Mobil 1® Full synthetic motor oil.  All oil changes include a new oil filter and chassis lube.  Most of the time you can get in and out for 15-20 minutes, according to their website.

Fast Track Oil Change Price

Fast Lube does not advertise the price of an oil change on their website.  The Yelp reviews aren’t much of a help either.  You can try calling ahead to your local Fast Track to find out what they are charging.  Make sure you have the exact make and model of your car along with the type of oil you want to have replaced in your car.

fast track oil change couponOil Change Coupons

There are oil change coupons available with Fast Track oil changes.  They are on their website every month and get updated as soon as the last one has expired.  the coupon to the right was found in February and expires March 3, 2013.  You can click the image to land on the webpage with new oil change coupons.

Fast Track Locations

Feb 15 2013

Oil Change Dallas

Dallas is in the middle of oil country.  Oil country of the United States at least.  Oil changes around the Dallas area can sometimes be cheaper than the rest of the country, but you still need to be on the lookout for the best oil change locations in Dallas to make sure you have the best mechanics doing the work for you.

When you have anybody perform any service on your car, you want to make sure that they are skilled, honest and price fair.  Thankfully, the internet makes it a lot easier to find reviews and prices for oil changes in areas all around the country, Texas included.

Oil Changes in Dallas

Precision Tune Auto Care

11632 N. Central Expy
Dallas, TX 75243
Neighborhood: North Dallas
(214) 352-8067

Precision has the best reviews on yelp for not only oil changes, but for an all around mechanic shop.  Yelp reviewers give them glowing reviews about how great the customer service was.  This is extremely important to a lot of people.  Lots of us have unfortunately dealt with the snobby mechanics that are just trying to sell you more services to take more of your money.  This does not seem to be the case at Precision Tune Auto Care of Dallas.

Find oil change coupons on their website.

Lucky Ducky Lube Center

10710 Audelia Rd
Dallas, TX 75238
Neighborhood: Northeast Dallas
(214) 553-9460

This is a great location that is small, but efficient.  They focus mainly on oil changes and car washes.  With this business model, they are able to keep the line moving so that you aren’t stuck waiting for the person ahead of you to get their car examined and fixed.  It works pretty much as a quick assembly line of oil changes and car washes.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change

2001 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214
Neighborhood: Lakewood
(214) 823-8300

There is a trend around the country where the majority of cities that have a VIOC location also has Valvoline listed as one of the top 10 oil change locations in the city.  Dallas is no exception.  Yelpers made this the number 3 oil change place in the city of Dallas.  According to the reviews on Yelp, there don’t appear to be pushy employees here.  They will offer their advice, but won’t push anything on you.

Feb 14 2013

Oil Change Locations

When it comes time to get your car’s oil changed, it is important that you decide on the right place to get the job done.  There are a lot of oil change locations that perform shoddy work and don’t show you the fine print on the work until the job is over. You’re going to want to find the best place for an oil change so that you don’t get taken advantage of.

There are a lot of options.  Every city has multiple places that you can get your car maintained by a team of mechanics.  It becomes a matter of preference, trust and price when deciding on where you want to go with your car and your money.

Large Retailers

There are a number of retailers around the country that do a lot of work on cars.  These retailers will have automotive sections, usually in the back of the store, where you can get your oil changed, brakes replaced, tires installed and more.

Walmart

Did you know that the world’s largest retailer also does oil changes.  Not all, but many Walmarts have Walmart Tire & Lube Express departments attached to their stores.  These are usually off to the side or in the back near the tires section.

Sears

Sears Auto Centers aren’t always located on a Sears department store.  Actually, they aren’t even always on the same grounds as a Sears store.  However, there are Sears Auto Centers around the country that are dedicated to providing pretty much all preventative car maintenance, tire installations and plenty of minor repairs.

Pep Boys

A large auto parts store like this should have a mechanic on duty.  In fact, most Pep Boys locations have huge shops set up for performing almost any car repair or maintenance that you would need.  Since they have so many parts and materials on hand, you don’t have to worry about waiting for parts to get shipped in most of the time and you have a better chance of getting a good deal.

Quick Lube Stations

Jiffy Lube

Lots of people think of Jiff Lube first when oil changes come to mind.  They have nationally run commercials and discounts to remind us that they are everywhere.  A lot of peole don’t realize that Jiffy Lube is owned the the Shell Oil Company, who also owns and operates the Quaker State and Pennzoil lines of motor oil products.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change and Valvoline Express Care

The Valvoline company is owned by Ashland Inc.  Valvoline is a part of the Ashland Consumer Products division that makes some of the most well known motor oil.  Valvoline Express Care locations are all owned and operated by the Ashland Company.  Valvoline Instant Oil Change, on the other hand, is a franchise run company.  You can even find Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) locations in Southern California now since their largest franchisee purchased 100% stake in EZ Lube.

Oil Can Henry’s

This is a growing company that keeps their customers due to their traditional values.  The majority of Oil Can Henry’s locations can be found in Western and Mid-West United States.

Specialized Shops

Firestone and Goodyear

These are both competitors, but both of them have similar business models.  They make most of their money by selling and installing tires, but also provide a variety of services, like oil changes.  Often, you can get an oil change coupon that gets you a service with a free tire rotation since they are the experts on that.

Meineke Car Care Center

They used to be known as Meineke Discount Muffler Shops, but changed to Meineke Car Care so that they wouldn’t push anybody away looking for other services.  Meineke bought Econolube in 2006, giving them about 200 quick lube stations, but also the infrastructure of a quick oil change company.

Midas

This company really pigeon-holed themselves as a muffler company in the beginning when they were known as The Muffler Installation Dealers’ Associated Service.  The name eventually changed to Midas and they now advertise that they are auto service experts where you can get more than just your muffler worked on.

National Tire and Battery (NTB)

This company lists its two major expert areas just in their title.  They don’t make their own tires like Goodyear and Firestone, but they are experts on the installations and tire maintenance.  Ironically, NTB often has the cheapest oil changes among the competition in many cases.