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Best place for oil change and auto service




So after 10+ years of visiting this beautiful place, we made the jump and became locals.

Coming from Chicago, you can imagine how different it is. We knew our options for most things would be limited especially when it came to medical care, but hey, tradeoffs...

What I am most shocked by is the cost of automotive service and maybe I've just not found the secret locals spot yet.

Went for an oil change this AM (Coastal Oil and Tire) on our Outlander and found it was $59 or $72! For years we've paid $25.99 for a basic oil change so it was quite a shock.

Interestingly no one advertises their prices on their websites for basic services which makes me wonder... Where we came from it seemed shops competed for your business.

Who is your favorite and what do they charge for basic services?

Thanks in advance.

Mike


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No one ever said this place was not an expensive place to live. Get use to that.

I use Click to follow link... but I am not sure you are going to find an oil change for under $30 here anywhere. Let us know what you do find.



soundsideauto.com/


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I did find this:

Click to follow link...

$19.99 for conventional. I'll have to see if they honor the coupon as it seems many chains out here decide not to.

THanks

Mike


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Or it will be for 4 qts and you need a special filter and 6 qts. That company would not even pull out a nail and plug it when I went in last year. They sent me to another place that did it for $20. I don't go to them anymore.

Good luck.


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Interesting. Thanks for that insight. That's exactly what I am looking for.

Mike


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Okay my go to place for Oil Changes is the dealer generally around $30 for basic oil not synthetic because I usually combine that with my yearly Inspection. I've been here 20 years and have had good Repair experience with Soundside and Beach Ready across the bridge actually right next to one another. One problem with repairs at some places especially dealers is they use computerized programs for average labor times regardless of actual time. It is the same a Crash Books used by collision places. I've had some good experiences with Kevin at the end of The Woods Road in KH and Setos but Setos is so so busy. As far as tires I use All Car in Manteo, best prices for name brand tires. Fast and efficient installation. I have found the Manteo TQ so much better than KDH. The staff in KDH have no people skills and can be insulting and nasty.


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Having felt guilty about paying someone else to change my oil for very many years/decades, the climbing price and ongoing attempts at add-on repairs finally got to me. A couple of weeks ago I changed the oil myself in my three vehicles. Took about an hour and a half for the three of them. Stupid easy and a small percentage of the price.

I might be old but I can still squiggle under the cars [having been driven up on really high ramps].

Steve




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anyone know where can you discard your oil around here?


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anyone know where can you discard your oil around here?

mdabul


Most places that sell or change oil will accept used oil if it is clean. The place I took my car for repairs was happy to get it as he sold it.


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I'll second the recommendation on Beach Ready Auto just over the bridge in Point Harbor.The owner is great. Won't try to up-sell you on work NOT needed. I always get my oil changed w/ synthetic oil, which'll cost more. Have had brake & other work done for me. Always been pleased. They also do State Inspections. Set appointment times are kept. Ask for Jean the owner. 489-4891

Have the brochure from KDH Recycle Center off of Bermuda Bay Blvd. They take almost all auto fluids and oils. With the exception of brake fluid??? (A 5 gallon maximum a day from residential sources) They'll also take used auto filters & batteries. Hope this helps.


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If you're changjng your own oil, an oil evacuator such as the Mityvac 7201 may help by avoid draining the pan under the car. It uses the poly tubing ed into the dipstick tube and draw a vacuum (sucks) the oil out into a tank. When done, to empty, push a button and you can hand pump into any container you wish. No mess. I have successfully used on mercedes, honda and nissan. I have verified that all the oil was removed by pulling the oil pan drain bolt for confirmation. I get less than a tablespoon out. Done properly, it works, Go look at youtube videos for more insight.
By making less mess, it's environmentally better and you have less exposure to hazardous waste and safer. Now, depending on design, the oil filter is a different story. My 3 vehicle are completely different. One is under the hood. Another is accessed in the wheel well. The third is under the car. So 2 of my three vehicles, I don't go under the vehicle with this system. The less time under a car, the SAFER it is. Also, no risk of stripping or under torque the drain bolt. No drain bolt compression washer to buy.
The mityvac tank is opaque and has graduated lines to indicate oil volume. Start with it empty and you can't go wrong in knowing how much you pulled out. If it makes you feel better, drop the pan bolt for verification.
I've done oil changes this way at least a dozen times. I will not go back to the traditional way. Good luck and be safe.

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anyone know where can you discard your oil around here?

mdabul


Kitty Hawk has a recycle place on Bob Perry Rd that accepts it. Each town has a recycle center and now and then the towns have a special pickup at the curb, but follow the rules. They announce it via email and in the newspaper.




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If you're changjng your own oil, an oil evacuator such as the Mityvac 7201 may help by avoid draining the pan under the car. It uses the poly tubing ed into the dipstick tube and draw a vacuum (sucks) the oil out into a tank. When done, to empty, push a button and you can hand pump into any container you wish. No mess. I have successfully used on mercedes, honda and nissan. I have verified that all the oil was removed by pulling the oil pan drain bolt for confirmation. I get less than a tablespoon out. Done properly, it works, Go look at youtube videos for more insight.
By making less mess, it's environmentally better and you have less exposure to hazardous waste and safer. Now, depending on design, the oil filter is a different story. My 3 vehicle are completely different. One is under the hood. Another is accessed in the wheel well. The third is under the car. So 2 of my three vehicles, I don't go under the vehicle with this system. The less time under a car, the SAFER it is. Also, no risk of stripping or under torque the drain bolt. No drain bolt compression washer to buy.
The mityvac tank is opaque and has graduated lines to indicate oil volume. Start with it empty and you can't go wrong in knowing how much you pulled out. If it makes you feel better, drop the pan bolt for verification.
I've done oil changes this way at least a dozen times. I will not go back to the traditional way. Good luck and be safe.

STANTHEMAN


Agree... been using this for years as well... no problems. Fortunately all our vehicles have the oil filter right on top of the engine.

Just be sure not to go "to deep" with the hose...SIL just called last week... pushed hose in a little to far and it kinked up on him... ended having to drop the oil pan. 20 minute job turned into a 4 hour fiasco. Sad smiley


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I've always done my own oil changes. Not only do I save some money but I know it will be done right. I've heard "disaster" stories of filters or drain plugs not being tightened properly. It's really not that hard to do.


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If you are not comfortable with the idea of an oil evacuator, another idea is a Fumoto valve. Go to their website to figure out which model fits your vehicle and shop from Amazon. The concept is to replace the oil drain plug with a lever actuated valve. Flip the level and oil flows out. When done, flip it closed. Eliminates any possibility of over or under tightening the oil drain valve and no tool required after installation. The only wrench you'll need will be for the oil filter.


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