I'm pretty sure the last time I had this done was in Tucson Arizona and I was shocked to pay $50.00 at something like Henry's Oil Can, or whatever it was. Honestly, I don't pay much attention to those things. Since every time I got in my car the lights would light up and the bell would ring, I discussed said oil change with my Co-Elks at Bingo. GO TO JIFFY LUBE was the resounding advice. This particular business is managed by an honest guy who won't try to sell you stuff you don't need.
So yesterday, I wandered on over to Jiffy Lube. I was a little taken aback when I saw the red sign. Didn't they used to be yellow? Was that someone else? I asked for the Manager right off the bat. No use messing around. Turns out he was the guy who met me at the door. I asked him to change the oil and check the air filter.
Since I've heard so much about Jiffy Lube NOT changing the oil but charging you anyway, I was pretty leery of their reputation. They have been caught on several occasions doing even worse than that in the town next to me. I was VERY suspicious to say the least.
When they called my name the first time, I innocently walked to the counter to see my old air filter. They actually asked me if I wanted it replaced or not, it was up to me. It was pretty nasty, what with all that off-roading in Arizona.
Then they pulled up on the computer screen the recommendations Jeep has for all the other maintenance on the car, none of which was due they said ... at least according to the mileage, which we all know is a big fat lie!! They think it has 21,000 miles when the actual total is closer to 50,000 when you include towing.
Then came the shock factor!! The oil filter was a measly $8. The Pennzoil was a whopping $50 ... just for the oil???? Add another $22 for labor, followed up with $25 for the air filter and BAM!!! $117.65 for an oil change!!!!! I almost fainted ... I would have if he had been about six feet tall and a tad more muscular!!
At least I can say he was an honest guy who didn't try to oversell me ANYTHING!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate that, being the cranky female I am. Next up, a carwash, even though it was threatening rain. The Jeep was filthy inside and out. At least now for $10, it's MOSTLY clean on the outside. I got it home and in the garage just as the rain began.
I had planned on doing a little grocery shopping, but with all my money now in the belly of the Jeep, I sat on the couch with the puppies and worked on this needlepoint project. It's almost complete ... maybe I'll have it done in time for Halloween this year!!
Back to home repairs, now that my one sprinkler valve is fixed, I have another problem. Isn't that always the way?? Apparently I have a ghost living on the property with me. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow!!