I took my car in for an oil change yesterday.
After looking up some places online, reading a few reviews, and calling for some prices, I drove to Nine Minute Oil and Lube in Mountain View. They claim that you leave 9 minutes after you arrive, and you can sit in your car and wait if you want.
I did in fact leave 10 minutes after arriving, and that was after staying to talk with the technician. I’d been excited at the prospect of perhaps sitting in my car while they jacked it up… but was even more surprised to get out and see that they change my oil from underground. The track that I drive onto opens up, and people underground reach up to drain the oil… it was cool.
Now why, might you ask, did I stay that extra minute to talk with the technician?
Well, you see, the first thing they did after I drove up was open my hood. Standard thing to do. But then the guy called out to me, “You may want to come look at this….” So I did. And what I saw was a 4-inch crack in my radiator, out of which steam was billowing and green goo (aka coolant) was oozing.
The oil change cost me $36 after tax and a disposal fee; a bit more than it would have cost me to do it myself, but less time-consuming… like, you know, 10 minutes. The radiator, on the other hand, will cost me a minimum of $250 and up to $600 to replace, depending on how masochistic I’m feeling when I choose the place to take it.
Damn them. Always trying to help.