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Oil Change Service

Engine oil is the lifeblood of the engine. All internal, moving components of the motor have to be lubricated by the engine oil. Insufficient lubrication may cause the components to wear out quicker and finally cause engine failure. The oil filter keeps the oil clean and free from debris. If the filter isn’t replaced on a regular basis, it is going to get clogged and won’t have the ability to pass oil to the motor.

Fresh engine oil is the color of amber but with time it can turn black and in several cases, it can even get gritty as it dissolves the dirt. Frequent engine oil changes replace the oil and keep the engine clean. In some cases, there is a residual build up on the engine and an engine oil flushes required.

What is an engine oil change ?

An engine oil change refers to removing oil from the vehicle and replacing it with fresh oil. If an engine oil flush is being performed, the engine oil change is carried out at the same time. Once the old oil is taken out, chemicals are added into the engine which is left idle for a few minutes to ensure the cleaning agents reach all the spots where oil normally goes. Clean oil is then poured in once the chemicals are drained.

How much does an Oil Change cost?

Our oil change service comes with regular car maintenance. Look up the recommended service schedule for your vehicle and choose from one of the four maintenance packages below.

Our recommendation:

It is best to follow the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer. A good rule of thumb is replacing the oil and filter every 8,000 km or six months.

What are the common symptoms indicating you need an oil change?

The exact rule of thumb on this varies, but you should change your car oil at least every 6 months or every 7,500km

  • The amount of time since your last oil change exceeds the recommended miles.
  • You notice fluids on your driveway.
  • You do a lot of driving.
  • You have your car unused for months.
  • The Maintenance light is on.

How important is this service?

Regular oil changes are generally considered the most important maintenance service for your car. Do not drive your car with low engine oil. It can severely damage the engine. To avoid severe engine damage, this simple and inexpensive service should be regularly scheduled.

Prices below include a $29 service call fee and $8.50 for shop supplies. Call us at 1-866-829-7204 for more pricing options

New Customer Package


Recommended for all new customers


Regular Maintenance Package


Recommended every 8,000 km


Complete Maintenance Package


Recommended every 32,000 km


Winterize Package


Recommended every Autumn


Frequently Asked Questions:

If this is your first time with us, we recommend starting off with Service B. We suggest getting on an A-B-A-C schedule after that. This will ensure your car is properly maintained according to your manufacturer’s specifications.

Our Service Packages are designed to cover the essential points of your routine maintenance. If you’re looking for the most basic package, we recommend our Service A. The price is comparable to an oil change at a dealership or lube shops, but you also get a 21-point vehicle inspection and washer fluid top-up. It’s possible to get just the oil and filter changed, but the price will remain the same as for Service A, so we recommend taking advantage of the added value of the package.

Unfortunately no. We supply the engine oil and filter to ensure that the correct parts and fluids are being used in your vehicle, and to be fully covered by our 12-month/20,000 km warranty.

Most vehicles run perfectly fine on conventional oil, although some owners prefer synthetic oil as it is generally higher quality and allows your engine to last longer between oil changes. Ultimately, it is up to you which oil you would prefer. However, there are certain vehicles that require synthetic oil to perform effectively. These tend to be higher-end vehicles or vehicles with sensitive engine components. Our certified mechanics go by manufacturer specifications in choosing which oil is best for your vehicle.

Oil changes are typically recommended every 8,000 km or 6-month, whichever comes first.

How often to change your engine oil and filter depends on the type of engine oil, the age and make of your vehicle and driving habits. According to Ford Motor Company, regular drivers that own 2008 and newer models can change their engine oil every 12,000 km or six months and drivers should change the oil in vehicles 2007 and older every 8,000 km or six months.

Drivers with less typical driving habits, including frequent off-road driving or driving in dusty conditions, towing or carrying heavy loads, excessive idling or driving at low speeds for long distances, should change engine oil every 8,000 km or six months for vehicles 2008 and newer, and every 5,000 km or three months for cars 2007 and older.

Although recommended oil change intervals vary by the vehicle manufacturer, in general, a good rule of thumb to follow is to change conventional motor oil every 8,000 km or 6 months, whichever comes first. If you’re using full synthetic oil, you can go up to 12,000 km between changes.

An oil change takes about 15 minutes after your oil change begins. With instaMek there is no wait time prior as our certified mechanic comes to your home or office. The full maintenance service takes a bit longer, depending on the service package you select.

Check your engine oil when the car is warm and on a flat, level surface. Stop the engine and wait a few minutes for the oil to settle. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Push the dipstick all the way in, wait for a second, and then withdraw it and check the level. The oil should be between the two marks.

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Garrett Wengreniuk
Garrett Wengreniuk
17:47 26 Mar 21
I was looking for a new mechanic to take care of my vehicles, one of which is a lesser-known / rare vehicle that some are afraid to work on. I didn't need much -- oil change, give the car a once-over before getting it back on the road for the summer, the basics.Grant was on time, at my residence, and took care of the initial oil change / inspection. He had some minor recommendations based on the inspection, and explained them thoroughly and ranked them in terms of what was imminent / future / etc. I decided to go ahead with all the recommendations.Second visit, again on-time, did everything needed and then took me for a test drive in the car to make sure I was happy. Answered a few other questions I had while he was working.I had a mechanic like this before, but I found that shops have mostly turned into production lines -- drop off your vehicle, faceless person in the back does work, pick up, life goes on. Something wrong, accountability is a little tough. The one to one experience is something I miss about having a "mechanic" rather than a "shop".It's only been two services so far, but I'll be bringing him back to work on my other vehicle, and assuming all continues as it has so far, he's now my mechanic going forward.The fact that he shows up on time, at my residence, and does the work is just so convenient. I think rates are comparable to my previous shop, maybe even a little less expensive. Certainly a better experience overall. I'd recommend Grant to friends.Breakdown:Consistently on-time.Personable and friendly.Masked up for the test drive without me asking (covid-aware)Knowledgeable, but seems to know what he doesn't know, and that's also importantFair price and so far happy with the results.Thanks again Grant!
Tad Martindale
Tad Martindale
23:18 09 Feb 21
Just had my first experience with instaMek-- most painless and enjoyable vehicle maintenance I've been a part of. Grant from Edmonton arrived right on time, was friendly, had my battery changed and car started in literally 5 minutes and then spent time afterwards to make sure it was working properly and things were as they should be. No pushiness, no delays, no rushing. And I didn't even have to leave my home. Really glad I discovered this company and service!
Thomas Gray
Thomas Gray
16:40 16 Dec 20
Booked in for an oil issue and Grant was the mechanic who attended. He went above and beyond, giving huge insight. Totally professional at all times and is the exact sort of honest and capable mechanic you hope for. Fully recommended.

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