When did labour oil changes get so bloody expensive?

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Post by adam1985 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:13 am

My local BMW specialist charges £50+VAT per hour but then things are always cheaper up north
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Post by Zed Baron » Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:48 am

Ive just had an oil/filter change at my local BMW dealer £129

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Post by shuey » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:37 pm

adam1985 wrote:
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My local BMW specialist charges £50+VAT per hour but then things are always cheaper up north
That’s a fair price - who are you using? I’m based in Manc
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Post by shuey » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:38 pm

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Post by shuey » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:45 pm

So i ended up getting my local garage to do it... £30 for the labour, and I bought the oil and filter myself, castrol edge - £64, and tenner for a Bosch filter.

So just over a £100 in total which I’m happy with. Vs what would have been £160 quid.
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Post by buzyg » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:11 pm

Baffels me why folk pay dealer prices for servicing. Especially on the ///M. Most Indies know the cars better than the main dealers any way. Simple oil filter and brake fluid I go to an ex BMW tech down the road, who has his own garrage these days.
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Post by road warrior » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:32 pm

all valid points, and i agree, nobody is saying its hard, but it is inconvenient without a ramp, i sometimes go planet tight and do it myself, sometimes i get someone to do it. 30 quid is a damn good price though
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Post by BisB » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:29 pm

In the states, a major Midwest city, the bmw dealer charges $99 plus tax for oil and filter change on a Z4. When I visited another local dealer, they said they would price match. For $99, I’m not gonna get my hands dirty.

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Post by lucasxdiniz » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:20 pm

Z4M-2006 wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:26 am

Paying for oil disposal

Don’t get me wrong £80+ is excessive to just do oil and filter only
Thats more of oil filter service price i would estimate
Most garages get paid for their used oil, don't they? It was certainly the case in my dad's garage - he made £30 or so for a 200 litres barrel, and some garages also burn the used oil during winter for heating.
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Post by Silverzedtom » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:58 pm

lucasxdiniz wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:20 pm
Z4M-2006 wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:26 am

Paying for oil disposal

Don’t get me wrong £80+ is excessive to just do oil and filter only
Thats more of oil filter service price i would estimate
Most garages get paid for their used oil, don't they? It was certainly the case in my dad's garage - he made £30 or so for a 200 litres barrel, and some garages also burn the used oil during winter for heating.
yep, for waste oil or ‘multi fuel’ burners, plenty of demand for it too in the industrial / commercial world as you say
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Post by Potwashman » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:02 pm

It's just down to how much you value your time (although you could argue the time spent taking to garage, waiting for it to be done and going home/work is longer than doing it yourself). For the past 20 years I've always changed the oil & filter on my cars (and friends) because I don't mind getting my hands a bit dirty, got all the tools I need and am a right tight fisted old sod. I don't like paying someone money for a job I can do myself. But not everyone is confident of tackling even what a lot of people rate as a simple job, especially if you don't have the tools. I don't think there's a car invented that's not had it's oil changed and posted on YouTube so there's always help online. If it's something you think you're going to do over the course of the next few years you can justify shelling out for a half decent socket set, ramps and oil pan but again it gets back to if you want to spend some of your spare time servicing your own car. Plus, if you did do it you've then got to get rid of the old oil, which is an extra trip to local waste disposal site, another drain on your time. Most people could do most jobs: just need the tools and the confidence to do it.

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Post by Z4M-2006 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:37 pm

lucasxdiniz wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:20 pm
Z4M-2006 wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:26 am

Paying for oil disposal

Don’t get me wrong £80+ is excessive to just do oil and filter only
Thats more of oil filter service price i would estimate
Most garages get paid for their used oil, don't they? It was certainly the case in my dad's garage - he made £30 or so for a 200 litres barrel, and some garages also burn the used oil during winter for heating.
Nope ..

You cant give the stuff away,and you need a waste licence to have waste oil on site too. We get the oil people in when we get to 5000 litres

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Post by Tommo61 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:54 pm

I just got quoted approx £85 incl labour, Oil filter and VAT using Quantum oil, - which looks like it meets the BMW Longlife-04 spec. That seems reasonable to me. - I can't buy the stuff for much less than £45, so £35 to lift it up and take the old oil away without ruining my driveway sounds good to me!
Question is, what's Quantum like?!
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