Avoid getting ripped off on car repairs for that “cabin filter”
One of the biggest rip-offs in car repairs is the cabin filter replacement. This
is a huge profit for repair centers as it takes a few minutes to replace and costs
a few dollars in parts. Yet charges for this can range from $80-$100+ every 12-18
months. When you bring your car for service, they will tell you the filter is dirty
and needs to be replaced. Since it filters the air you breathe in the car, you feel
a sense of urgency to avoid breathing dirty air.
This filter in many cars is actually very easy to replace. In most cases it is behind
the glove box. You simply go to Youtube, type in “replace cabin filter” and the
year/make/model of your car and you will find many videos to watch. If you are comfortable
with the process, go to Amazon and order a replacement. Here is a link to filter
sections. The prices range from $8-$14 for many popular cars. You can also get
one from your local auto parts stores.
We tested this out on a Honda Accord, a Honda Odyssey and a Toyota Camry. Dealers
wanted $99 to replace this. We went on Amazon.com and got the replacement filter
for $8. The price varies but generally are between $8-$12. Here is a link to one
after-market filter we bought.
You can also go to various websites and pay more for an “OEM” filter. These however
tend to be the same filter with just the manufacturers name slapped on it. They
may be in the $20-$30 range, still a significant savings.
A quick Youtube search brought up this video. The video was very easy to follow,
took us about 5 minutes, and the new filter was in. The Odyseey involved simply
removing a cover for the door arm, snapping it out, and snapping out 2 door holders.
This allowed the glove box door to fold down. Right behind it was the filter. We
simply slid out the drawer, pulled out the old filter, popped in the new one and
reversed everything. Very easy and we just saved about $90!