Local Honda dealer has coupon specials for a $20 oil change with synthetic-blend oil.
Same here.I have done one oil change just so I am familiar with the process, but I have one of those rare birds known as a decent dealership with a good service department. Most prices are reasonable such as a full synthetic oil change for $50. I retired from a semi truck factory where I was a test mechanic. I spent a lot of time underneath trucks and for $50 I am not laying under the Pilot. Oil, filter, disposal, maybe a busted knuckle, none for me thanks.
That option has been added to the poll.I imagine most people change their own oil and filter because they can and for piece of mind that it is done properly, rather than for cost. Others may not have any skills, grease under the nails or not, so they pay what it costs regardless...which should be another one of your choices.
The one thing I worry about by DIY my own oil change is that I don’t get a trained eye looking for issues on the bottom side of the vehicle. I can probably spot the obvious stuff, but there will likely be other things I’ll miss. And since the Pilot and Tacoma are tall enough to easily get to the drain plug and filter, they don’t get lifted onto jack stands so the suspension won’t get fully inspected.For me, it's more data and time than the cost.
Taking it somewhere and waiting is dead time. Doing it myself is an opportunity to do my own free 31-point safety check.
Small plug: I use a MityVac, it's a much faster, easier job that way.
Even if the dealer only charged me what I pay for the oil, filter and misc supplies, I would still do it myself since it is an easy job and I can do it in less time than it takes to drive to the dealership, wait for them to do it, and get back home. It would take an hour or more depending on how busy they are vs about 15 minutes doing it myself. I plan it out so I do it shortly after it's been driven so I don't waste time waiting for it to get hot from a cold start and then cool down enough to work on. I use Amsoil 0W20 Signature full synthetic. Little tricks learned like removing the drain plug with the socket on an extension keeps the oil off of me and using a zip lock bag around the filter to keep the oil off me and the subframe.Some years ago I determined that performing a DIY oil change wasn't worth my time and effort. At that time, the dealer routinely had coupons for less than $40 for a conventional oil and filter change. Fast forward to today, and the best dealership deal in my local area (15 mile radius) is $60 for conventional. 5 quarts of conventional oil costs $17 (STP brand) and a filter and crush washer run another $5 so $22 parts/materials cost. I finally hit the price point where I wasn't willing to pay someone else to change my vehicle's oil. Had the dealer's price been $50, I think I still would have paid them to do it.
What is your price threshold for what you're willing to pay someone to change your vehicle's oil and filter? Please note if you use conventional or synthetic oil.