I used the vacuum through the dipstick when we owned a Ford Galaxy. Coupled with the filter being a paper type cartridge situated just underneath the bonnet meant an oil change could be done and your hands would still be clean. First time I tried the vacuum method I had the car on ramps then undid the sump plug..... no more than 250ml of oil came out. Proof to me it worked. Also a nod to National. Checked they used the correct oil and a Mann filter - oil change was £50. Given the spec of the oil (fully syn 5w-30) was actually the same price that I could have bought it for so in effect the labour was free!
I can't believe that people pay this amount of money for a service. Buy a Pela 6000 (Or similar) that vacuum sucks the old engine oil out of the sump via the dip stick. Some manufacturers (Like Citroën) say you should not use this method! I've never had a problem when we owned a C4 Grand piccaso with 255k on the clock with this method. Search your registration number on the Mobil/Castrol /Shell etc, "Oil Finder" sites and shop around for the cheapest best spec oils/Grade for you car. I've just purchase oil filters (Fabi) from Amazon for the Mrs Honda CR-V and A5/B5 oil. All for less than £40. I understand that some people like to keep up there warranty. I've used National tyres in the past as they used te correct spec/grade for my car and it was cheaper than I could buy the parts for. Plus you can find discount codes and book through topcashback for money off and get your book stamped with a Vat registered garage. Of course- I saw the oil being used was the correct one and the mechanic was happy for me to stand there next to him while he did the oil & filter change...
I went from not knowing a thing about cars, to doing all the services / oil changes myself just by watching youtube (y) saved a ton. I even did the brake discs and pads last year. Plus with the massive amount of money saved, I put brembo discs and pads on instead of cheap arse bosch ones like VW uses. Now that I think about it, I don't know why I ever thought it would be difficult. VW service costs are a joke. For them to check a few fluids and replace a few filters that take <1 minute?
How are people so stupid to pay that amount, can someone explain?
Your local recycling centre (aka tip) should have a facility. Alternatively go old skool and use it on your fence panels ;)