January 19, 2011I received an e-mail from my local dealership prompting me to do various service and offered discount coupons for them.
What struck me as an unjustifiable price was the delta between 2 tire rotation/oil change specials.
For a tire rotation & oil change w/ filter using conventional oil is $39.99
For a tire rotation & oil change w/ filter using synthetic oil is $99.99
I perform my own maintenance and never experienced any additional difficulty pouring a 5 quart jug of synthetic oil into a crankcase than conventional oil. I have also found that when I purchase motor oil, the delta in cost between synthetic oil and conventional oil is about $10.00-$15.00, depending upon brand.
I don`t want to sound like I`m picking on the dealer service dept, but I have to wonder why they charge an additional $60.00 for synthetic oil when it takes the same labor? Is it basic gouging, or is there something else to it?