The One about Getting Oil, Battery or Tire Changes in Tokyo

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In Japan, for those who have their own vehicles, all have to deal with the same things that we do in the United States and around the world.  And that is automobile maintenance.

And often, many people moving to Tokyo wonder where they can take their cars for an oil change.  For the most part, the primary places are Bridgestone and Autobacs.

For the most part, if they sell tires or major automotive supplies, chances are they have a garage that does oil, battery or tire changes.  For example, at this Bridgestone location in Japan, they have in English “Oil” (in Japanese, it says “Oil/Battery”) and you can drive your car up, assuming it’s not busy (and so, it’s recommended you go on a weekday versus the weekend, if possible), drive your car up and someone will be able to help you.

Like America, they will try to upsell various services, transmission flush, fuel filter, etc.

For the most part, it’s no different than the United States but unlike the United States, in Tokyo, you don’t have a parking lot.  But the good news is that there are locations all over Tokyo and Japan and you may even find a location smack in the middle of a residential area.

But for the most part, I would say prices are reasonable, especially compared to how much a change is here in California.   Just prepare for a lot of people to get their oil, battery or tire changed.  Look towards doing it on a weekday and try to look at locations not in busy cities.

It’s not difficult but it may take a bit of patience.


 

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Dennis A. Amith