I needed to get my oil changed the other day and I usually go to Saturn. But because of my non-stop schedule, I decided to go to Jiffy Lube because it was close by and I figured, hey it'll only be $20. They don't even have my car in the garage 2 minutes before one of the guys comes in to tell me that I need
a motor flush. That they could drain my oil but all that would drain is the liquid stuff but that I have this sludgy buildup that they wouldn't be able to get to and a motor flush would clear that right up. He told me that they could go ahead and change my oil without it but that it'd be a waste of money and it'd be like putting on 3,000 miles after a regular oil change. Now keep in mind that my car is a 2004 Corolla with a little over 25,000 miles on it. Then the doofus had the nerve to come in again and try to tell me that I needed new air filters and all these fluids switched out, blah blah blah. Don't worry, I wasn't suckered into buying anything else. Anyway, after consulting with informed people (none of whom, may I add, had ever heard of a "motor flush" before), there is no way my car would have a "sludgy oil buildup" - it's too new. So instead of only spending $20, I walked out having spent $50 and I have a feeling they didn't do anything extra to my car.
Needless to say, I was livid.
I even emailed one of the local TV stations. They have this thing called Kake on Your Side so if you feel you've been slighted by a local business, they'll look into it and a derogatory story about that company could very well air. So far, I have received an email back saying that they'd look into it and see if they think it's newsworthy enough.
Oh - and my dad called and yelled at the manager. Yay dad!
Moral of the Story: Jiffy Lube is evil - don't give them your business.
They did the smart thing. The Kids Voting Kansas committee picked my
group's public service announcement to be televised this election season. The PSA that I
wrote because no one else in my groups had the initiative to throw out any ideas. How cool is that? That is totally going on my resume!