THE FAST AND THE FRUGAL
Cars are not a one-time expense. They require regular maintenance, or the subsequent repairs will be costly. One of the most essential maintenance procedures is the oil change. Usually recommended every 3,000 to 5,000 miles for conventional oil, if you’re going to go any longer, you’d better check your owner’s manual. The basic oil service involves four or five quarts of oil and a new oil filter, plus the cost of labor. We compared the oil change services at seven major auto service centers, plus the advantages of going to your dealer or doing it yourself.