Is it cheaper to change your own oil?

Is it cheaper to change your own oil?

Oil changes are a divisive topic within the auto community. Many end up arguing about how many miles you can drive before you need to change your oil, but there is also a lot of talk about whether or not it’s a task you should try to tackle yourself. So it is cheaper to change your own oil, or is it better to let the service center handle it?

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So what is cheaper: changing the oil yourself or having it down at a service center like Fox Toyota? Usually, it actually ends up being less expensive to bring it to a service center, but why is this? Well, there are several different products needed to get started with an oil change. You’ll need to purchase the oil and you’ll need a new filter. The actual job will also require you to have some additional things, like a drain pan, multiple tools, rags, a lift for your vehicle, and usually something that you can lay on while under the car. Even after you get it changed, you then have to figure out what you’re going to do with your old oil — which needs to be properly recycled.

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In short, changing your own oil can be a hassle. We actually recently had a customer come in who thought our oil change service was too much, and they were determined to do it themselves. They purchased a filter from us and went to the store to purchase oil. However, after looking at how much it would be for the oil, they ended up coming back to Fox Toyota. In the short term, having a service center change and dispose of your oil will definitely save you time and money. Purchasing some of the special equipment might pay off over a lengthy period of time, but it will still be something that takes a chunk of time out of your day.

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At the end of the day, the choice is yours. But why not stop by and drop your vehicle off at Fox Toyota, let the professionals change your oil and inspect your car, and just let yourself relax?

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