We all lead busy lives, so a 10-minute oil change seems like the perfect recipe for getting that much-needed maintenance out of the way. But, what seems like a convenience, can quickly end up costing you thousands down the line.


Some businesses can do an efficient job at an oil change… and that’s what you’ll get. But, what kind of “efficiency” counts? Getting the job done in 10 minutes might be seen as efficient, at least until you end up having problems.

One of the main goals at 10-minute oil change establishments is to get their customers in and out as quickly as possible. It’s not to ensure that the vehicle runs efficiently once it leaves the shop.  This typically means that something is being done incorrectly, which can end up causing costly problems. This is not the definition of efficiency.


Some of the auto shops that specialize in quickie oil changes don’t do a “quality” job. In the quest to get the oil change done fast, you could end up with problems like filters not being changed, the oil properly drained, and worse.

Because professional auto repair shops need to be able to take care of all types of repair and maintenance services, they employ skilled, experienced technicians. 10-minute oil change facilities follow different business practices based on keeping costs down and boosting their profits by hiring unskilled labor. These same employees are pushed to upsell products and services in some cases. Unfortunately, due to their lack of experience, there’s no way to tell if what they’re recommending is valid, or if they’re just trying to cash in on sales incentives to boost their pay.

Also, important to note is that while all vehicles need oil, not just any motor oil will do. Modern engines are built to specific standards, requiring motor oils that match exact specifications to maintain a long service life. If the wrong oil is used and isn’t documented, you can end up voiding your new-car warranty. Something else to keep in mind is that 10-minute oil change places frequently use generic products that cover multiple manufacturers and models in order to cut down on costs.

Why You Need More Than a 10-Minute Oil Change

Quality and inspection of other parts of your car are just two reasons why you need more than a 10-minute oil change. An oil change shop won’t recommend services they don’t offer. That makes sense, right? So, this means that they’ll only recommend services based on what they have to offer vs. the priority of the repair.

The right auto repair professionals will have a full-service shop using superior service and repair equipment and high-quality products. In addition, the technicians won’t be paid to upsell customers for products or work they don’t need. An oil change performed by certified technicians will include replacing your vehicle’s oil (with premium motor oil), topping off all other fluids, replacing the oil filter, inspecting the engine for leaks, inspecting the air filter, lubricating all fittings, inspecting all belts and hoses, checking tire pressure and thoroughly inspecting the undercarriage.

AAA advises planning ahead for vehicle service, including oil changes, by finding an auto repair shop that you can trust before you need them. For a high-quality oil change give us a call.