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Old 09-02-2019, 08:10 PM
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Oil change prepaid, worth it?

Hello all, my dad and I finally saved enough for down payment on 2020 Wrangler unlimited- we got talked into buying a 5 yr prepaid oil change for $99(service contract) + $795 (maint. Contract)
Seem steep now that weíre finally home and reading the paperwork. Can you break it down and help us? Is it worth it? Thank you

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Welcome the the forum and congratulations on your new Jeep. What is the change interval called out in the paper work?

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Seems reasonable, depending on what the contracts allow for. $99 is pretty damn good for a 1 year deal, much less 5 years, so that seems to me a great deal. Service contract, hard to say. Depends as previous poster said on contract terms and coverage. Sounds like a good deal though.

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I asked about oil change and the finance guy said oh let me make it easy for your dad, I’ll just add a few dollars to your payment ($13) per month for 5 yrs and all he can get oil change and tires rotation for about $7 each time at any Jeep dealerships.
Thank you all, for the congrats and replies. Dad is a VN vet and loves the way Jeep looks for a very long time. This has been a dream for him.
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Read the fine print, for instance I don’t think they will change the oil or rotate the tires every 500 miles. I’m sure the fine print spells this out.
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I sure will, I just haven’t found anything mentioning “oil change” from paperwork rec’d.
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to the forum. I would have passed. I love how they "slip it" into the monthly payment so it's easier to digest. Classic dealership F&I managers. What's great for the dealership is it gives them a prepaid way [he's locked into taking it to them for oil changes since he paid for them] to sell fluid services, fuel injector cleaning services, brake jobs, air filters, tune ups, and anything else they can think of after the first few oil changes are done. Make sure he knows what the owner's manual states for the services they try and push once he gets some miles on that Jeep. He should also have an idea of what local shops charge or he will be seeing some pretty steep bills when he goes in for oil changes, if they're able to up-sell him. Better yet is he tells them he will get back to them on the additional services at a later date. They hate that.
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Since Al Gore invented the internet new car dealerships no longer make a lot of profit from sales. In part because everyone knows the invoice price (and hold back) and in part because it's easier to shop around. Now days the main profit generators at the dealership are the F&I office and Service Dept.

As a general rule anything, and I mean anything, F&I sells you is loaded with profit for the dealer. But if that price includes peace of mind for you and/or your dad, then it's worth it to you. Personally I do a hard pass on any and all F&I add-ons, and I have interest rates from my Credit Union before I step foot inside the dealership. F&I will bump interest rates as well.

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I’m going To call today to take this off. I don’t think $795+$99 is a good deal even for 5 yrs. My dad will only drive this baby to the stores and church, that’s it. He puts about 4,000 miles a year on his last vehicle. I’m thinking I will recommend him to change oil once every 6-7,000 miles or once a year. What do I know, I’m just a girl. I’m glad to find this forum, I have so much to learn.
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I would not recommend going to a dealer for any maintenance.
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I’m going To call today to take this off.
Good idea.. I'm highly suspicion of these dealer schemes.. You can bet that they come out ahead financially. (Like the old saying goes... The house always wins).

My dealer tried to sign me up for their lifetime nitrogen plan. They'd supply green valve stem caps and whenever I needed to top up a tire, I could drop by their service shop and they'd put in nitrogen at no charge for as long as I owned the vehicle All for only $100 bucks. No thanks...

As for slipping things in as a monthly payment (so it doesn't sound as expensive)..... My dealer was basing things on bi-weekly payments. So $13 dollars a month would be only $6.00 bi-weekly according to my salesman.
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Iím going To call today to take this off. I donít think $795+$99 is a good deal even for 5 yrs. My dad will only drive this baby to the stores and church, thatís it. He puts about 4,000 miles a year on his last vehicle. Iím thinking I will recommend him to change oil once every 6-7,000 miles or once a year. What do I know, Iím just a girl. Iím glad to find this forum, I have so much to learn.
Good move. You can do the changes for him, or use a local trusted shop and use a quality synthetic oil and a good filter. Not the cheap bulk oil the dealers tend to use for free oil changes, and oil change specials like your dad got.
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I’m thinking I will recommend him to change oil once every 6-7,000 miles or once a year. What do I know, I’m just a girl. I’m glad to find this forum, I have so much to learn.
You'll find most here do oil changes and tire rotations every 5k. We also promote 5 tire rotations.

As a father of 5 girls I'll tell you the same thing I tell (and teach) them, do the maintenance yourself if possible. The first time it will seem daunting, subsequent times it gets easier and easier. A few $ in tools will pay for themselves many times over with the money you save.


As a side note, look into local Jeep clubs, they're a great source of info and are usually willing to lend a hand.


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