Okay, so I am one of those people who constantly tests the limit of how far you can truly go before you need an oil change. I have been known to go as much as 9,000 miles over the recommended miles! I know all you car people are cringing right now! When I bought my car the dealership even gave me 10 free oil changes (we all know it’s not really free) and I STILL couldn’t manage to get my butt in there.
The real issue with why I wasn’t getting my oil changed was the time! The dealerships all take an hour or more to change the freakin oil. I am a full time working mom with 3 kids, if I had an hour of free time, I’m surely not going to spend it sitting inside a dealership waiting for them to change my oil. That is, until I found out that I could actually get paid to get my oil changed! All of a sudden it didn’t seem like such a waste of time!
Tell Me How!
I use a company called BestMark. They are a mystery shopping company, I believe they only serve the Midwest, but I am sure something like this exists wherever you live! If you aren’t familiar with mystery shopping, basically a company pays a mystery shopping service to hire someone to come in and secretly evaluate their performance. So you go in, acting like a normal paying customer, and afterwards you will fill out a survey rating them for their service.
What Do I Need to Do?
Once you set up your account with BestMark, they will give you a list of shops that they need completed. Some of them have
car requirements, like many of them around me have to be a Chevy or GMC under 180,000 miles, but that all changes from shop to shop. You can pick the shop that you want to do, and the day and time that you are planning on getting your oil changed. Then, all you have to do is show up on the day and time you said, and fill out their survey about your experience. This is done right on their website. They will ask you to upload your receipt to them and about 2 weeks later you will get a check in the mail for the cost of your oil change, plus a little compensation for completing the survey (usually $20-$40).
Suddenly I am now getting my oil changed right on time, and even before the recommended milage! Plus you get the benefit of having a dealership look at your car, doing a multi point inspection and a tire rotation…all for FREE!!
If you don’t live in the area that BestMark serves and you know of another mystery shopping company in your area, leave it in the comments!
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