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  • avatar Stever@Edmunds 07/19/11 11:32 am PST

    A 15,000 mile service at a dealer should run around $100. An oil change at the dealer should run around $76. It sounds like your Lexus dealer is upselling you stuff you don't need, or just charging way too much for the work.

    By all means, take it to your own mechanic. If the Lexus dealer also owns the Toyota dealer, then you may get some flack, but there's no reason an independent shop can't perform the scheduled maintenance for you. The only advantage to using the dealer is that if you drive it forever, you may be able to get some after warranty assistance if something fails out of warranty. No guarantee though.

    Another technique is to look at the Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide or your owner's manual, and tell the mechanic you want x, y and z done. Don't ask for the "15,000 mile service", since the dealer will most likely pad the bill by doing work that the manufacturer doesn't recommend be done.

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  • laltazan 07/18/11 9:36 pm PST

    As long as the oil is changed at the correct interval, with oil meeting the proper specifications and a good oil filter, the warranty requirements are met. The Toyota dealership or any quality service shop can perform the service for you.



    It may even be in your best interest to use a shop other than the dealership. Warranty work pays less than customer paid repair. It is possible a dealership may be less likely to point out repair, that could be under warranty and is close to the end of the warranty period. Certainly not every dealership would do this, but a second set of eyes may not be a bad idea, in my opinion.

  • Stever@Edmunds 07/19/11 11:32 am PST

    A 15,000 mile service at a dealer should run around $100. An oil change at the dealer should run around $76. It sounds like your Lexus dealer is upselling you stuff you don't need, or just charging way too much for the work.

    By all means, take it to your own mechanic. If the Lexus dealer also owns the Toyota dealer, then you may get some flack, but there's no reason an independent shop can't perform the scheduled maintenance for you. The only advantage to using the dealer is that if you drive it forever, you may be able to get some after warranty assistance if something fails out of warranty. No guarantee though.

    Another technique is to look at the Edmunds Car Maintenance Guide or your owner's manual, and tell the mechanic you want x, y and z done. Don't ask for the "15,000 mile service", since the dealer will most likely pad the bill by doing work that the manufacturer doesn't recommend be done.

  • thi2 03/20/12 11:04 pm PST

    All services at the dealer can be right out cut throat. I'd check to owner's manual to see what is the recommended oil grade for the car, which I think is 5W-20. Please check to make sure. Buy a Toyota filter or any recommended OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) oil filter for the car and take it to any machanic shop and just pay for labor. It should be no more than $20-$25 dollars max. I usually take my car to Walmart. They charge me about $20.00 dollars for labor. Walmart also sell motor oil as well. Mobil 1 is usually the best oil to use. It's a little hassle to get all your things but it's a very BIG savings in the long run.
    Good Luck

    Thi


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