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I'm surprised you had a double gasket incident. I worked at JL for a few years and the pit tech is supposed to hold the filter out from under the car so the bay tech can see the gasket and confirm it's not stuck to the car. Stripping bolts is usually lack of attention from the bay tech. When they pull your VIN on the puter, anything like aluminum pans or differentials are noted along with the torque specs for every bolt they may encounter during the service. It's up to him to call those warning and specs out to the pit tech. A good team is very efficient so observing them in the bay before you walk in the door will show you what kind of experience they have.
They are more expensive than doing it yourself but you get a lot of extras for that higher cost. They grease your zirks, check all of your fluids, tire pressure and tread, inspect struts and shocks for leaks, pull the PCV to make sure it isn't sticking, check air filter, washer fluid, wiper blades, etc. They primarily promote Pennzoil products, which are great, but they also carry Mobil 1 and Amsoil (at least they did when I worked there). It's a lot cheaper to hit Walmart and DIY, about half as much. Five quarts of Mobil 1 synthetic will run about $23 and a good filter $8 to $15 (I really like the K&N Wrench-Off performance filters). If you choose to do it yourself, spend the extra money on a good drain pan. Those cheap $3 plastic pans they sell SUCK. They will buckle when trying to pour the oil out of them and make a huge mess. Also, don't forget a funnel as they make life so much easier.
96 Impala SS - Powerdyne supercharger, Comp Cams 1.6 Ultra-Golds & top-end kit, Clear Image TRI-Y ceramic coated headers, Accel ignition, BBK 58mm TB, SVO injectors, March Serpentine, PCM4Less (dyno tuned), Hurst Roll Control, Borla SS full exhaust, Stage II trans TCI Streetfighter, Inland Empire aluminum driveshaft, Eaton 3:42 Posi, Hotchkis suspension and sway bars, Bilstien shocks - Faster than a Honda with a fart can