Prices to Expect for a DIY Oil and Filter Change

January 27, 2012

With the economic times as they are, more of us are opting to perform our own oil and filter change. There are a plenty of specials being advertised all the time. To get the most bang for your buck, you need to shop around for the best deals.

Before you attempt your oil and filter change, you should consult your owner’s manual to determine how many quarts of motor oil your vehicle requires. Additionally, you need to make note of the type and grade of motor oil that is recommended. Your owner’s manual will also give you information about the size and type of filter your vehicle requires. Prices for motor oil and an oil filter vary from business to business. You could expect to pay a little less for motor oil and an oil filter in discount outlets as opposed to auto specialty stores.  

  • Five quarts of motor oil 10-30, 10-40, or 20-50, including oil filter (up to 4.99 in value), average price range is $12.99 to $15.99.
  • Regularly priced name-brand motor oils (Quaker State, Pennzoil, and Castrol) are priced from $3.50 to $5.50 per quart.
  • Oil filters can range from $2.49 to $13.99 depending on the size, quality, and the vehicle it is being used on.
  • A quart of generic, or store brand oil, costs from $1.99 to $4.50 per quart.

The price for a do-it-yourself oil change depends on several factors, which include type of oil, grade, and whether you are able to get a motor oil and oil filter package deal. If you can find the grade and type of oil required for your oil change, a greater reduction in the per quart price can be realized if the motor oil is purchased in five-quart containers.

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