I ended up getting in touch with the owner of Westside Auto in Clive, and he said that I could bring in my own oil/filter, so I plan on giving them a go. I've heard they are a good shop, but I'll see I suppose.
I like changing my own because it's fun to get dirty once in a while and that way I know it's actually getting done, as opposed to them just popping a new filter on and topping off the oil.
Just wanted to throw this out there...once a year I send a sample to Black Stone Labs. For about $30 they will analyze your oil for minerals/deposits and tell you if you are having any major engine wear problems. They also analyze TBN and tell you if you can go longer on your oil change intervals. I sent in a sample after 6,000 miles on my wife's minivan and they said the oil was still in good shape and I could easily go 7,500 miles between changes (this was on Val full synthetic).
You can track where my oil gets changed by my income level. I started out changing my own oil, then moved onto JiffyLube and places like that and now I take it to Willis Lexus. Certainly not the cheapest way to go but one of the things I like is that I can drop it off on the way to work, get a loaner car, and pick it up after work. I refilled the window washer fluid a couple weeks ago and I can't even remember the last time before that I popped the hood on a car.
On my motorcycles, before I got rid of them a couple years ago, I always changed my own oil. I guess they were more of a hobby so I didn't mind taking an afternoon every now and then and pretending I had mechanical ability.
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