Originally Posted by newoldguy
This is just my opinion but I do my own oil changes and pretty much most maintenance items I can handle.
I tried the quickie oil change places as well as dealerships before when life was really hectic. Here are some of the "wish I didn't go there items":
1) Stripped on oil filter
2) Loose rear end plug. Had to install lube myself. Luckily it wasn't a long drive to home!
3) Dealer where I bought my Toyota new piled up shop rags above the skid pan to catch oil. I only found the rags after starting to do my own oil changes.
4) My GF swore by a certain dealer and was going to them for many years. They forgot to tighten the skid pan and she lost it on the freeway! I've been doing her oil changes ever since.
Is it getting clearer?
If not i can help make it a little clearer...Luckily I learned this lesson from a few friends.
-One took in his own synthetic oil, they said sure no problem, they drained it just fine and moved his car out to the parking area, checked him out, gave him the keys. He assumed the oil containers in the passenger floor were them showing him they used his oil. He cranked the engine and the oil light never went out...you guessed it, they never put the oil in.
-another friend got a stripped oil pan, he only noticed it after seeing the oil puddle in his driveway.
-somehow they set another friends on fire and mildly melted parts of his wiring harness....they just took electrical tape and did a half ass wrap job. He discovered it at some point, went back and they didn't even fight him, fessed up and reimbursed him for the dealer repair.
It's not that hard to do it yourself, get a friend that knows how to do it (or these days there are probably 1000 YouTube videos) and get some help the first time or two. You get to know your vehicle a bit and it's satisfying to do. Honestly I'd challenge whether taking it somewhere even saves any time at all.