I know I am very guilty about not changing my oil enough. I know that changing my oil as experts recommend (every 3 months or 3,000 miles) will help improve the condition of my car and prevent breakdowns. However, it seems as if time and money always keep me from doing it on a regular basis. So I have tackled the money problem by investigating what an oil change really costs and by finding out who has the best deals. I have researched several nationwide chains and one local repair shop to compare.
FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE
High mileage: $45.49
Full synthetic: $62.49 can vary by car, only do this if have used this kind of oil from the start
Firestone has more than 1600 locations nationwide.
Current low price with coupon = $24.85 + tax (with Feb. 2013 – 30% off coupon)
Standard Oil Change: $39.99
Early Bird $24.99 (7 a.m. – 10 a.m.)
$5 coupon right now on their website. For all Jiffy Lube coupons click here. I have also gotten coupons in the mail via weekly mailers. You can also sign up for their email list to receive specials and coupons.
Jiffy Lube has more than 2,000 service centers in North America.
Current low price with coupon = $34.99 after 10 a.m. or $19.99 early bird. Note: Some locations may not allow you to use a coupon with the sale price.
DOBB’S TIRE & AUTO
Standard Oil Change: $34.95
There is a special right now on their website: buy one oil change, get one free. For all their current specials click here. You can also sign up for their email list to receive specials and coupons.
Dobb’s has 38 locations in the St. Louis Metro area, St. Charles County and some of Illinois.
Current low price with coupon = $34.95 for 2 oil changes (as of Feb. 21, 2013)
Standard Oil Change: $18.99 – $26.99
Oil Change with rotation and other checks: $24.99-$32.99
High mileage: $39.99
Full synthetic: $59.99 – $69.99
Midas has locations in North America, Central America, Africa, Asia/Pacific, and Europe.
Current low price with coupon = $18.99 at some locations, $19.99 at others
Standard Oil Change (full-service): $38.99
Synthetic blend: $53.99
Full-synthetic : $69.99
I just received a postcard in the mail for a full-service oil change at $19.99 or $15 off a synthetic blend or synthetic oil change.
Valvoline has more than 825 franchised and corporate Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations across the county. They also have more than 300 Express Care stores across the country.
* Valvoline also features tips on their website for saving money on gas.
Current low price with coupon = $19.99
THE BEST DEALS for Standard Oil Changes:
- Midas at $18.99 + tax at some locations (sale price)
- Jiffy Lube from 7 a.m. – 10 a.m., $19.99 + tax
Midas or Valvoline at $19.99 + tax with coupon, any time of day
- Firestone at $24.85 + tax with coupon, any time of day
FOR MORE COUPONS
You can also look at Valpak.com for coupons for many repair/oil change companies and locations near you. For more ideas on where to find great coupons for a variety of products, see my post “Coupon websites – updated!”