Honda’s Free Oil Change May Cost You Hundreds

March 25, 2007

If you own a Honda, you can get a “free” oil change on April 7th at your local Honda dealer during their annual car care day. Free is nice, however, there’s a reason Honda is giving away oil changes free of charge.

No Strings Attached?
The flyer I received in the mail offers a 40 – point inspection that includes a “thorough examination” of your engine, brakes, drivetrain, suspension, and steering components by Honda-trained technicians that result in a “detailed report of your vehicle’s condition”. Now you know that somewhere in that 40 – point inspection those Honda technicians are going to find something they think needs fixing.

I attended this event last year for the free oil change and left with a long list of recommended maintenance items. I’m not a car guy so I called a family member that knows auto mechanics and went through the list to see if anything was important. Then I took the list to a local repair shop and had them correct the ones that really needed work for a much lower price.

Watch Your Wallet
Honda is not going to give away free oil changes for nothing. They know the likelihood is that you’ll end up paying for some type of auto work that will more than cover the cost of the oil change. In addition, they don’t change your oil when you’re there. Instead, Honda gives you a voucher for a free oil change that you can redeem at a later date.

Keep it Free!
So stop by your Honda dealer to get your car checked out and your free oil change voucher on 4/7. Just beware the long list of items they’ll hand you after the 40 – point inspection and make sure you don’t forget to redeem your oil change coupon!


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