In high school, I took auto shop class. I learned how to change oil. So that's what I did. I changed my own oil.
As an adult, working in the busy "real" world, I simply don't have time to change my own oil anymore. So, like many of you, I go to one of those "quick change" oil places. I won't say which one, but they look so friendly standing on the curb, holding a sign, and waving in my general direction. Besides, who can resist a GREAT deal!! Only 24 bucks for an oil change, and they can do it in a "Jiffy!"
I'll get to the point. Every time I get my oil changed at a "quick change" oil establishment, I prepare for a battle. A battle to save the money in my wallet. You know the drill. They make you wait a few minutes in the lobby. (Not a bad place to be if you like reading a National Geographic Magazine from 1997.) Then, like a doctor walking into a hospital waiting room with bad news for the family, the guy approaches with a grim look on his face, a clipboard and your air filter.
He sits down and tells you just how bad things are with your car. All of a sudden, you don't need an oil change, you need a fuel filter, a pcv valve, an air filter, a transmission flush, a differential fluid flush, blinker fluid, break lights, new wipers, and a smog regulator. If you don't do it, then your car will likely become permanent driveway art in a matter of days. That $24.99 oil change just turned into a $300 dollar oil change.
Now, I have never EVER fallen victim to this pitch. I have, on occasion, purchased a new air filter, but just to get them off my back. It's like a negotiation. They give you a list of what YOU need, and you say .."OK, give my the air filter, I'll pass on the wipers and fuel filter, and I don't have time for the radiator flush."
I have found a few other ways to get the oil change guys to just change your oil. Tell them you are going to put the car up for sale, and you don't want to spend any extra money on it. Or tell them that it's your Dad's car, and he's broke. Tell them no thanks. (That could be the best advice.) And my favorite, tell them that you are in a hurry, and that you were under the impression this would all be over in a "Jiffy."