Although Vancouver is known for being bike-friendly, the number of drivers is still increasing. For these vehicle owners, periodic oil changes every 5,000 to 7,000 kilometers can help keep your engine in good condition. When it comes to getting an oil change in BC’s beautiful capital city, you have a wide variety of types of shops and levels of service to choose from. For most vehicles, we would recommend using a professional mechanic, so you can rest assured the oil change was completed properly.
When it’s time for your next oil change, you can use this guide to help you find the best location for your needs.
instaMek Oil Changes
One of the biggest headaches associated with getting an oil change is having to go out of your way and take time from your day to get it done. instaMek addresses this problem by bringing the service to you.
When you request service, you’ll get a Certified Red Seal mechanic who will thoroughly inspect your car as well as complete the oil change. This additional perk can help avoid long-term costly repairs down the road.
Quick Lube Stations
Quick lube stations are obviously named and known for their quick service. In about thirty minutes, you can get your oil changed. The downside of this service is that you may not get the high-quality service. These shops don’t tend to employ certified mechanics; you don’t have to be licensed to perform oil changes. There’s also a tendency for these businesses to be pushy while they’re trying to get you to buy additional services.
Here are some prices for 5 litre (standard volume for most vehicles) oil changes at quick lube stations around Vancouver.
|Quick Lube 1||$48.99||$85.99|
|Quick Lube 2||$44.99||$59.99||$79.99|
Auto Repair Shops
Dealerships, big tire franchises and auto repair shops also usually offer oil changes. At these locations, your vehicle will be serviced by certified mechanics (or their apprentices). They may try to upsell you on services as well, but the biggest drawback is having to schedule an appointment. Since these businesses are more complex, you’ll have to schedule an appointment for service, and that appointment could take an hour or more. Make sure you bring your smartphone or the newspaper to kill some time.
Here are some prices for 5-litre oil change at auto repair shops around Vancouver.
|Auto Repair Shop 1||$46.95|
|Auto Repair Shop 2||$69.95|
Before your next oil change, be sure to consult your owner’s manual to make sure you understand the manufacturer’s recommended type of oil to use and length between changes. With that in mind, you can evaluate the different options to see which fits your budget and needs. Our recommendation is to look for professional mechanics who can change your oil and check your car out, all from the convenience of your home.