Annual Maintenance Plan at Dealer + Oil Change Question
My car is almost a year old now (11,000 KM) and my oil life indicator is getting low (15%) so I called in my local dealer to make an appointment for my oil change and then they start to told me that oil change is $42 (which is not very expensive even compared to supermarkets such as Walmart), BUT I also have to pay an extra $99 to visually inspect my car for detecting potential problems. I asked the girl if $99 include any adjustments or repairs, such as cleaning the rear brakes drums and stuff like that and NO, $99 only include a visual inspection to find loose things, fluid leaks and stuff like that. Brake maintenance are extra $!
Usually I always answer NO to this kind of extra services and just getting my oil changed, but the girl begins to tell me that it could cause warranty issues and it is important to do because I actually just ran 12,000 km a year and my car does not ran much.
This is my 12th car in my life and I always do maintenance by myself, so now I feel a little "rookie" because I do not know if I should pay $99 at the dealer for that and even if I should go do my oil change at the dealer? Does everyone here have their oil changed at the dealer? If not, what kind of oil do you put in your car? Because if I'm going anywhere else and put (by example) some Valvoline 5w30 mineral oil, do my oil will last for 11.000 KM as dealer oil? I'm pretty sure the dealer does NOT put synthetic oil form $42 because synthetic oil change in supermarkets cost at least 70$ but maybe it's some specific semi-synthetic oil, perhaps?
I am very confused!! You would be very nice to help me a little on the subject of maintenance and engine oil! My appointment is only for the next Thursday (Mai 19th) so I have the time to change my mind!
Thank you very much!
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