My 2004 Honda Civic LX is still a wonderful car. I passed 30,000 miles last month and, as I want to keep current with maintenance, I took the car in for tire rotation, an oil change, a new air filter, and a brake inspection.
Last time, I took my car to the dealer and spent about $230. This time, fueled by the helpful comments submitted I took the car to Pep Boys instead. Put simply, I got much more from Pep Boys at $60 than I got from Honda at $230.
The oil change was $24.49 but I have a $7 rebate coming to me. That seems about average. Tire rotation was $10 and the new air filter was $14. The two wiper blades were about $16 total. It seems I made the correct choice this time.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published September 19, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.