An oil change invoice is a document filled-out by automotive technicians and mechanics that contains a detailed description of the type of oil change (oil and filter) that was carried out for a client, as well as any other minor services that were completed such as a wheel alignment, fluid flush, tire change, spark plug replacement, or a general vehicle inspection. Technicians should include both the labor and materials costs that went into the oil change, any important notes regarding the customer’s vehicle, and information on the type of payments that are accepted.
If payment is collected on-the-spot of issuing the invoice, the form can be viewed as a receipt, allowing both the customer and auto shop to reference prior work done at a later point in time.
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For customers waiting in the lobby of a service center or repair shop, the thought of how long an oil change takes is a common thought. Additionally, technicians may wonder what the average oil change times are to benchmark their own service times.
According to Axle Advisor, the average professional oil change takes anywhere from fifteen (15) to forty-five (45) minutes.
However interesting general averages may be, they don’t take into account a crucial determinant in time-to-completion, which are the factors surrounding the oil change. The following all play into the length of an oil change service, with some weighing more heavily than others:
- Design of the car – different make and models have varying frame and engine layouts. Some vehicles may include an easy-to-access oil drain plug and filter, whereas others may require the removal of fairings, covers, and other parts to successfully drain and replace the oil. Additionally, the physical size of the vehicle (or more specifically, the vehicle’s engine), makes an impactful difference on both the time it takes to drain the old oil and fill the new oil into the car or truck.
- Priority level – large jobs, pressing repairs – essentially anything else, takes priority over an oil change. This is especially so if the oil change was a drop-in (not scheduled). Due to the need to ensure certain jobs are completed in their allotted times, oil changes are often pushed back until a technician has the free time to do so.
- Technician skill – The greater the experience the technician has in doing oil changes, the faster the job will *generally* go. The task of completing an oil change is more of a reflex for seasoned mechanics, where newer ones may take considerably more time due to 1) a fear of messing up the job, and 2) not being used to a vehicle model/type.
The cost that an oil change will run depends on the amount of oil required, the type of oil, and the type of shop the vehicle was brought to. Dealers, for example, will often charge significantly more for an oil change than a lube shop. Labor will make up roughly half of the total cost, the other cost being the oil and filter. According to FIXD, the typical oil change will cost anywhere from $50 to $120.
To use Google Maps to locate a nearby service center, click the following link: Oil Change Near Me.
Additionally, the following can be used to locate nearby chain-style lube shops: