In my 23 years of helping consumers with their car-legal problems, I have encountered quite a few who have had oil changes go horribly wrong. As you might imagine, litigation often ensues. But it usually ends well.

One of the first articles I wrote which appeared on Car Buying was Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Gamble With Your Oil Change. Yeah, I know. If I wrote the headline today it would read: Oil Change Scams Ranked. #3 Has Been Banned In Europe! Even so, the article got some good feedback and I was not surprised to learn that these oil change screw ups happen elsewhere (i.e., not just in Michigan).

I know that in an ideal world we would all do our own oil changes. But, sometimes we have to let someone else do it. And 99.99% of the time it goes perfectly well. The other .01 % of the time? Oil is left out, drain plugs are forgotten. Filters are cross-threaded or double-gasketed. The list seems endless but the end result is often the same: A car-owner who is forced to seek compensation for a ruined engine.

Michigan has a law for that (The Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Act) as do many other states. So, this week’s Lehto’s Law podcast and video is where I talk about Oil Change Horror Stories - and what you should do to protect yourself.

As always, it is in audio form:…

And video form:

And, if you want the written version, click on the link for the article. My advice on the topic has not changed in the past year.


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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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