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Yeah, if you're paying $100 for an oil change, you're getting ripped hard. I never spent more than $30, and by finding the garage with a weekend special, usually paid just over $20. If you drive a large truck, it will be more, but still not $100. My brother drives a BAT (big-ass truck), and his is $50.
But other stuff you can do to avoid a mark-up, even if your skills are weak. Changing air filters is easy and sometimes doesn't even require tools (my last car just had 2 clips that could be opened and closed by hand). A "grease job" just means putting some lubricant on things you can reach. You can tighten fasteners to make sure nothing vibrates off with just a screwdriver. Windshield wipers take, literally, 5 minutes to put on yourself. Topping off fluids is a piece of cake (sometimes this is complimentary, but do make sure the fluids are free, not just the labor, because if they're charging you for the fluids, they're charging you 2-3x or more what you'd pay to just buy a jug of them). Even fuses are a piece of cake to replace should one blow.
Go to YouTube and watch some "how-to" videos. You'll be set to do a lot of basics in no time.
ALSO: BEWARE OF "FREE." The garage I went to advertised "free" air filter changes. I inquired and they said "yep, free labor, just pay for the filter. For your car...it's $18." B-FIN-S, that same filter was $6 at AutoZone. Considering no tools involved, I laughed at them and just kept changing my own.
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