Weekend Ramblings and PF Blog Love: Inadvertent Savings Edition

This week, I was happy to have saved money by not having to pay for an oil change. Inadvertently.

How I inadvertently saved $100 on my car:

I went to get my winter tires put on and the place I go to (will not mention names lol) provides a free mechanical inspection on your car.  I thought- why not, it’s free anyways.  I already had an oil change booked with my usual mechanic for the following week.  The tire place told me that my car would be ready in a couple of hours, so I took transit down to do some errands.  Understandably, they were very busy as it was the first snow fall of the season and of course Vancouver drivers were scrambling madly to get their snow tires on at the first hint of 5 cm of snow on the ground.  I get a call from them to say that my car needed an oil change and a new air filter.  I told them that I had an appointment with my regular mechanic next week, so they didn’t need to do the oil change or change the air filter.  They said okay, and that my car was ready for pick up.

I arrive to pick up my car.

I see the bill: $100.  Usually to change the tires over, it’s free.  Mechanical inspection was free. So… why was I asked to pay $100?

They said they were charging me for the oil change and the air filter and labour.

I didn’t kick up much of a fuss, really. I just firmly said that I didn’t say I wanted the oil change and air filter done.

So they gave waived the bill and I got the oil change and air filter for free.

Needless to say, I was a happy camper!  Snow (check out the pic of Vancouver) and free oil change.  Couldn’t be happier.

Readers, have you had an experience where you got something substantial for free because of a mistake?

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Young is a writer and former owner of Young and Thrifty and the main "twitter' behind Young and Thrifty's twitter account. She lives in Vancouver, BC and enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her anxious dog, and finding good deals. If you like what you read, consider signing up for email updates.

26 Responses to Weekend Ramblings and PF Blog Love: Inadvertent Savings Edition

  1. SavingMentor says:

    Haha, that’s pretty sweet how that worked out for you on the oil change. I was pretty surprised when you tweeted about having winter tires in Vancouver! I doubt my sister uses them (also in Vancouver).

    I’m also wondering what place offers to change your tires over every year from free?! That sounds like a great deal. Are your winter tires already mounted on separate rims or do they mount and balance them for free too. If so, that’s a great deal as it is!

    • young says:

      @SavingMentor- Yeah, all my colleagues have their “all seasons” but really, all seasons don’t do jack when push comes to shove (literally my car had to be pushed lol with my old all seasons). I paid more up front for the tires, but free service for the life of the tires. The place starts with a “K”. I’m sure you can use your imagination! :)

  2. $100 seems pretty high for oil change and air filter. I’m glad you successfully refuted the bill.

    Thanks for sharing the news about my giveaway!

    • young says:

      @Kay Lynn- Thanks- yeah, I know! $100 for oil change and air filter?! That’s highway robbery! I’m glad I got to refute the bill too.

  3. Nice! I can’t remember off-hand when something like this happened… I think I got a free carwash once for having to wait to get my car sometime after they said it would be ready. Glad to hear that you were able to save some money, especially when you weren’t expecting to. :)

    Thanks for the link love!

    • young says:

      @Invest It Wisely- Free car wash that sounds good! I think that company is known for their “service”. They often help you change your tire for free too, even if you don’t have tires with them.

  4. eemusings says:

    So they went ahead and did it even after you specifically told them not to?

    Fail.

    • young says:

      @eemusings- I know- total FAIL! But since it’s free for me to change my winter tires over, I go ahead and use them. It would cost me about $60 each time to do it (twice a year) otherwise :)

  5. Romeo says:

    What!? Do you drive a spaceship, or is there just a huge exchange rate difference between the American and Canadian dollar that I don’t know about?

    • young says:

      @Romeo- lol, I don’t drive a spaceship. Farrr from that, actually! Try a Honda Civic lol :) Why? How much are oil changes south of the border? Things are really expensive here, even tires! I’m not sure why. I got a set of four tires down south for under $160, otherwise it would cost me about $400 here in Canada.

  6. Nice! But wow, $100 for an oil change is a lot! Only $69.99 for a luxury auto oil change here in America!

    • young says:

      @Financial Samurai- It was an oil change (usually around $30) and an air filter replacement (usually around $30 including labour), but yeah, it was overpriced. Glad I didn’t have to pay for it!

  7. Dr Dean says:

    Thanks for the mention! And I have nor stories on something substantial for free.

    Great job being upfront about your concerns, and great service from them to respond to your complaint!

  8. Hey Young,

    Well done! They were really trying to shaft you—doing work that you didn’t ask for. Well done for sticking your ground!

    • young says:

      @Andrew Hallam- Well, I don’t think they were trying to shaft me, per se, I think they were just super busy and there was some mis-communication between the customer service representatives and the mechanics that actually do the work. They were really busy. I’m glad they didn’t push it because I was going to put up a fuss :)

  9. I love Suze. I really do, but some of her advice makes me want to smack her.

    She advocates women keeping separate accounts from their spouses (just-in-case) but that doesn’t work for every family. She also thinks that everyone should sign prenuptial agreements. I don’t know if that is the best way to start a marriage. Anyway, when I’m a millionaire, I hope that I can spout off advice to everyone too. ;)

    • young says:

      @Sandy- hey Sandy :) I think separate accounts would probably work for couples who are both working.. otherwise one would definitely feel shafted. I heard that Suze doesn’t “walk the talk” and apparently she has a lot of debt- did you hear that too? I’ll definitely be listening to your advice when you become a millionaire- will tune into the Sandy Channel! :)

  10. Thanks for the mention!

    Synthetical oil change tend to go near 100$ unfortunately … Hopefully they don’t use that unless you need it. Otherwise, a regular oil change is not more than 60$ from what I have experienced.

    • young says:

      @The Passive Income Earner- lol you would know, you’re from this expensive city called Vancouver too :) You’re welcome! It’s a great series- looking forward to reading all about the income trusts.

  11. Beautiful picture. I am so intrigued by Vancouver, I am envious you live there!

    So glad you didn’t have to cough up that hundred dollars. I don’t think I would have been so nice about it!

  12. I love this story. I do this type of negotiating all of the time. Great job!

    • young says:

      @Barb Friedberg- Thanks! I love negotiating (especially for cell phone contracts), I should take a class on it some day….

  13. I love negiotiating as well! Good on you!

  14. That is a ton of money for an oil change and filter replacement. I’m glad you didn’t have to pay it!

    Thanks for including my article! It looks like we are going to get hit with snow overnight!

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