Over the last several years, I have had to decide upon taking my Honda Civic into a Honda dealership or going to a mechanic or store like Auto Pro to Call. While it may be the case that I can save some money taking my car into a local mechanic for an oil change, I always worry about the expertise of said mechanic. While most feel as if Honda cars and trucks are easy enough under the hood, it may still be the case that I would rather have a certified Honda expert or technician that can complete the task at hand.

If you live close to Wilmington, North Carolina like me, you have probably thought about going to WalMart, Sams, Autozone or Advance Auto Parts to buy a few quarts of oil, an oil filter and change the oil yourself. While this is an option for many, it is not an option for those that live in an apartment or do not own their own home. If you own your own home, you can catch the oil in an oil pan and discard of it as you deem necessary. If you live in an apartment complex or a townhouse you will find that you cannot change the oil in the parking lot out front of your building.

This is something to keep in mind before deciding to go and buy five quarts of oil in WalMart. Also note that change an oil filter yourself is not as easy as sliding under the car and taking off the filter and putting another on. You will have to put your car up somehow and then go under and take off the filter. This often leaves you with a hand and arm full of oil that will not come off for several days.

Think about taking your Honda Accord or Civic to a place like Lejeune Honda which offers amazing technicians and great customer service. No matter what you have to pay, it will be worth it to avoid the concern about leaking oil or anything else that could be a problem under the hood. Always consider your long term costs before deciding on changing your own oil or doing anything under the hood. This is my suggestion. What do you think? Do you like to change your own oil?