Price Comparison Between Major Oil Change Companies

January 27, 2012

When it's time for an oil change for your car or truck, you'll probably be searching for the cheapest and most convenient place to have your oil changed. Generally speaking, you will find that most of the major oil change companies will offer pricing plans that are competitive and very similar to each other.

Average Prices for an Oil Change

The price you pay for an oil change will generally depend upon the quality of oil that you have put into your vehicle. Most nationwide oil change companies, such as: EZ Lube, Jiffy Lube, Quick Lube and Valvoline Service Centers will generally be within a couple of dollars of each other in regards to price. Pricing for an oil change will also depend upon the location area that you live in.

In most circumstances, you can expect to pay between $20 and $25 for a basic oil change using conventional grade motor oil. From there, prices can go up quickly if you're using higher grades like semi-synthetic or fully-synthetic motor oils. If you choose to use fully synthetic motor oil your vehicle, you can expect to pay around $60 to $70 for an oil change. You will find that most major oil change companies will be very close to each other in terms of price.

Nevertheless, you can save a few dollars by looking for oil change coupons online or in your local newspaper. Most coupons for a full-service oil changes will save you between $5 and $10 off the regular price.

Related Questions and Answers

How Much is an Oil Change?

Depending on the market and the chain, 'how much is an oil change?' costs depends on these factors. Generally, oil changes cost about $20. The change will only include, unless otherwise stated, the five quarts of oil and filter your car needs to run correctly. This price should include the oil disposal fee that usually is about $5. Be wary of some chains finding major "problems" with your vehicle, as each technician or manager earns extra commission on the sale of additional products. For example, you may bring your vehicle in for an oil change and be told you need a complete brake job or transmission rebuild when your car is fine.

What Chains Have the Highest and Lowest Cost of an Oil Change?

Believe it or not, there is very little difference in the cost of an oil change in any of the major quick car service chains. The most expensive cost of an oil change that we have found is at Midas at $24.99. The least expensive oil change we found was at Meineke at $19.91. Most of the chains are clustered around the $20 figure. Of all of the oil change offers received lately, dealers seem to be making the biggest cutbacks in cost, with one dealership offering a $4.95 oil and filter change. Other dealerships are making similar offers. The reason is to regain market share lost to the quick oil change chains.

What Chains Have Oil Change and Tire Rotation Specials?

If you look at your mail closely, you will probably find that currently the Jiffy Lube chain is having an oil change and tire rotation special. Part of a menu of services, the flier also offers a tire rotation special as part of the package. Other chains that are also competing heavily right now include PepBoys, which is promising an extra tire if you buy at least three tires from them. Sears regularly offers oil change and tire rotation specials, and so does Tires Direct and the NTB Tire Stores. Be very careful in using some of the "fast food" auto service chains, because they may only do half the work and you may end up having to fight them to replace your vehicle's engine.

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