What does an oil change cost?

20 Jul

Nagger(Links checked 2/2013)

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.


Standard: $35.49
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

There is a monthly coupon right now on their website. For all current coupons click here. You can also sign up for their email list to receive specials and coupons.

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.


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

The coupons vary by location. The website lets you print coupons for the location of your choice. You can also sign up for their email list to receive specials and coupons.

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:

  1. Midas at $18.99 + tax at some locations (sale price)
  2. 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
  3. Firestone at $24.85 + tax with coupon, any time of day


You can also look at 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!” 

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9 responses to “What does an oil change cost?

  1. Tammy

    July 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I really like the way you laid out the options and extra value like coupons and gifts. One thing you might also consider is where the money goes after you spend it. Seems like the Dobbs option might provide the best value for your community in that your dollars are more likely to stay local and be taxed locally and used for things like libraries and fire depts.? I’m not familiar with the HQ locations of the other options so some of them might be local also.

    • rmk104

      July 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      That is a good point. I do like to go there for my vehicle inspections, but sometimes when I have larger repairs I go to my favorite repair shop and have them do both. Glad you found it helpful!

  2. Charlie Hendricks

    March 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    My husband taught me to change my oil when we dated in college. It’s easy to do and there are many tricks to do it faster. Grab a 5 gallon bucket and you can store the oil. Many locations will take used oil since they use it for heating.

    • rmk104

      July 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      I guess I should add oil to my price list! Thanks for reading and commenting! Share your tricks!

  3. Rusty

    July 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    The Jiffy Lube deal is not correct. I just got back from there, even though the coupon didn’t say it, they will not honor coupons combined with other offers. Since I was getting the early bird discount I could not use a coupon.

  4. Jiffy Lube Oil Change Price

    December 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Every time I go there I get up sold. Just need to find the correct oil for you car. I know that takes some research for the temperature and type need. Usually theyre honest enough to tell you what is an average priced oil. On average I pay $55 for the total service.

    • rmk104

      December 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks for the tip and for reading!

  5. Oren

    January 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Here’s a tip: you don’t need to change your oil every 3 months or 3000 miles. Your owner’s manual will tell you the correct interval, which is usually much longer. If you have a newer car, you may even have an oil life monitor (OLM). This doesn’t really measure the oil’s health, but it does keep track of how you drive, then tells you how often to change. I drive like the old man that I am, and my car told me to change my oil after TWO YEARS or 21,000 miles! (Only full synthetic lasts this long. Don’t try it with conventional oil.)

    Best regards,
    Middle-aged man
    Been changing oil at 4000 to 12000 mile intervals for 20 years. My engines purr like kittens.

    • rmk104

      March 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for the tips and for reading!


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