The Average Cost for an Oil Change

by Robert Tomashek

Regular oil changes are the primary form of maintenance you will be paying for on your vehicle. This expense can add up as most oil changes ranging from about $30 to over $100.

Oil change pricing variations.

Oil change prices vary based on the type and amount of oil used, the cost of the oil filter, and the labor rate of the shop. Many shops advertise inexpensive oil changes to draw you into their facility, only to make hefty recommendations for "additional needed repairs." Taking advantage of these deals means that you will need to be prepared yourself to say "I'll take it under advisement" to recommendations. If you use synthetic oil this is an additional cost, but their longer manufacturer-recommended service intervals may outweigh the difference.

About the Author

Robert Tomashek is an automobile technician and educator with more than 15 years of experience. He is ASE master certified and also carries certifications from IMACA, MOOG, Monroe, EPA and Four Seasons. He has a degree in automotive/diesel technology. He has written articles for various websites and teaches automotive technology at Universal Technical Institute.

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