The surprises for new car owners continue. First, automakers got rid of the spare tire creating a headache for drivers with a flat tire. If you don’t have AAA or towing through your insurance, which you likely won’t with a new car, you’ll pay to have your car towed if air and Fix A Flat don’t work. Now, the sticker shock may extend to the service center when you get an oil change.
Consumer Reports recently found a problem with the oil in some new cars its testing. They take extra-thin 0W-20-weight synthetic oil which is hard to find if you change your own oil. If you have your car serviced when it’s time for an oil change, you may pay twice as much. Consumer Reports said Jiffy Lube charges $30-40, but the prices vary depending on the location and car.
This oil is being used to get the car’s fuel economy up, but Consumer Reports believes it’s minimal compared to the price to the consumer.
At least you can drive your car longer before you need an oil change. I just wish service stations would update their sticker inventory to 5,000 or 7,5000 miles depending on your car. So many still have the old 3,000 mile stickers. I watch my mileage go far beyond the sticker on my window before I take my car in for that fresh oil.
Before you buy a car, it might be worth reading the owner’s manual to see what’s changed. Oh wait. Those are disappearing too.
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