It seemed too good to be true. A free oil change? The prospect was exciting but I wasn’t sure if it would really work out. I took a chance and went through the steps to see if I could, indeed, get a free oil change.
How To Get a FREE Oil Change
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to give honest, factual feedback to the companies you use? Here’s your chance! As a secret shopper, you provide valuable feedback and get compensated in return!
Who Can Be A Secret Shopper?
Anyone with a computer and transportation can be a secret shopper. You may be required to attach pictures and copies of receipts as well but a simple phone camera will do the trick.
What Do I Secret Shop For?
In this case, Bestmark has many opportunities for an oil change and tire rotation on a Chevy that is a 2002-2015 with 4K – 100K miles. The vehicle can even be borrowed.
There are other opportunities as well. These might include visiting a certain place of business and asking questions or eating at one of the secret shopper locations.
Why Would I Want to Be a Secret Shopper?
It pays to be a secret shopper! Bestmark reimburses a set amount for the oil change and tire rotation plus gives you a little extra for doing the shop. In my area, the reimbursement for the service is up to $55 and the cash payment is $20.
Sure it’s a little extra work, but you end up with a free oil change and the business receives valuable feedback from an unbiased shopper.
Do you ever notice things that would make your experience better at a place of business?! This is your chance to give factual information on your experiences.
When Do I Secret Shop?
Pick a shop and a menu will pop up with available dates. Choose a date that works for you.
Where Do I Secret Shop?
Business names may not be given on the shop page until you choose a shop. In my case, it listed ‘Chevrolet’ and had a choice of cities. I ended up doing my shop at the dealership I purchased my vehicle from and normally go to.
How Do I Secret Shop?
- Sign up to be a secret shopper for Bestmark.
- Choose a shop.
- Choose a date for the shop.
- Read the instructions.
- Perform the shop.
- Fill out the forms online.
- Get paid!
How Much Time Will It Take?
The time depends on you and your secret shop. I was a little anxious this first time around and took a few hours to thoroughly read everything I could. The actual shop took a few hours (it was a busy day) and then probably another hour to finish filling out my survey.
The Nitty Gritty
I paid $60.12 for the oil change and tire rotation. I received a check for $75. This amount was a $55 reimbursement for the oil change and tire rotation plus a $20 cash payment. (Amounts will vary by location.)
In my case, my shop was done on Martin Luther King Day, January 19. I received the full reimbursement plus cash payment on Saturday, January 31. That’s a pretty fast turn around, if you ask me!