Home / Auto News / News article: CouponSherpa and Yahoo Say DIY Oil Changes Aren’t Worth it - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Oct 27 2010, 8:20 PM

Should you change your oil yourself or head to your local Jiffy Lube to get it done? According to Yahoo and CouponSherpa, changing your car’s oil yourself isn’t worth it.

In CouponSherpa’s latest list of 20 Things it’s Cheaper to Buy than DIY, changing the oil in your car makes it to #15. They say “Even my most mechanically inclined friend goes to a quick-lube joint these days because he doesn’t know what to do with the used oil.”

Yahoo goes on to say about DIY oil changes: For the inexperienced, changing your oil is not only physically difficult – especially without ramps and other equipment – but also environmentally unfriendly. (Do you know how to recycle your oil? We thought not.) “That’s the biggest problem,” says Kate Forgach, an editor with CouponSherpa.  “Many cities and counties don’t allow consumers to dispose used oil down sewers or in the trash, as we did in the past. The oil now must be brought to recycling centers or city dumps, where consumers are often charged to leave it.” It’s a hidden cost many of us may not understand up front. There’s also the issue of time and possible frustration. “Most people also don’t want to hassle with accumulating enough oil to make the trip and expense worthwhile. Unless you have multiple vehicles and are a real do-it-yourselfer, it’s just easier to leave the entire mess to a quick-lube center,” says Forgach.”

What do you think? Is it as waste of time to change the oil in your car yourself and it’s much easier to just drop it off at the shop? Or is it worth the money saved to do it yourself – if you know what you’re doing? Let us know in the comment section below.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

  • Doug

    If you are a DIY’er then you probsbly want to do it yourself so thst you know you get it right.
    Personally, I do not trust anyone but myself to do any maintenance work on my car. I know of others who have had bad experiences with “quickie lube stores”!
    To me it is a minor inconvenience to take my used oil to Walmart for recycling.

  • gouda

    walmart can suck it

  • Jeremy Walker

    Dispose of it at your local parts store for free. Who does not know this? If you don’t know this then you do not even own a tool set much less know the proper way to dispose of the toilet paper from your morning glory.

    /double facepalm

  • Jason

    Recycling centers or city dumps? I can take my used oil to any of the hundreds of local auto parts stores and they will recycle it, for FREE. This is not new.

  • Aaron

    I find it very physically demanding to even open my toolbox, so removing a drain plug and an oil filter…well I would need to take a nap between the two activities.

    Reading the source of the findings, it is obvious that the original author has no clue. Any ignorant person can post something on the Internet these days. I bet they probably paid someone to put that update on the Internet too since that is very difficult.