After putting on another 1500km on my car last weekend, it was time for another oil change. I’ve changed oil on vehicles before, and I know it would be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper to do my oil changes myself, but currently I don’t. My car is much lower to the ground than the truck of my teenage years, and I don’t have anywhere to jack it up that I would feel confident getting under it safely for the time being. One day when I have a garage I’ll probably start doing it myself again.
Anyway, I got my oil changed this week. While I was there they asked if I wanted to replace my cabin air filter. I haven’t changed it in the 11 months I’ve owned the car, so let them get in there and check it for me. The thing was filthy. Like…. hadn’t been changed since the car was originally manufactured filthy. It was bad.
Yes, I wanted to change the filter.
So, they rooted around in their filter supplies and found one. It would be $51.
No, I don’t want to change the filter.
The guy looks at me bewildered “Really? You know this is filtering the air you’re breathing, right?” and shakes the dirt and bugs out of the filter.
Yep, I know.
He asked me if I wanted the old filter put back in or leave it out. I told him to leave it out. As I left the shop I set my cabin to recirculate so it wasn’t pulling outside air into the car.
I went to Canadian Tire, flipped through the parts model book in the air filter aisle, and 5 minutes later had a brand new cabin filter in my hands.
I knew their number sounded way too high.
The nice thing about knowing ball park prices on day to day items is that you can tell when you’re being ripped off. 10% markup to install it? Alright. 100% markup? Go !*&# yourself.
I can only imagine how many times it happened before I figured that out…
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