Mar 07 2013

Jiffy Lube Oil Change Prices

Jiffy Lube is one of the most well known and trusted quick service oil change companies in the United States.  There are currently over 2,000 locations across North America.  Jiffy Lube is a subsidiary of Shell Oil, as is Pennzoil and Quaker State.  This means that you should be getting the best pricing and deals on both of those brands of motor oil.  You shouldn’t expect Jiffy Lube to pay full price for a product that their company already makes.

Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change

Every major quick lube company has their own branding for their oil change services.  Midas has the “Midas Touch”, Oil Can Henry’s has “Famous 20-Point Full-Service Oil Change” and Jiffy Lube has the “Signature Service Oil Change.”  Some of them will vary from company to company, but most will have similar standard services.  This is what comes with all Jiffy Lube oil changes:

Oil Change:

  • Oil with up to five (5) quarts of quality motor oil
  • Oil filter

Inspect:

  • Brake fluid level (in transparent reservoirs)
  • Serpentine belts
  • Wiper blades
  • Antifreeze/coolant reservoir levels
  • Engine air filtration system
  • Exterior lights
  • Chassis (lubricate when applicable)

Check and Fill:

  • Tire pressure
  • Transmission/transaxle fluid
  • Differential fluid
  • Transfer case fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Battery water (excluding sealed batteries)

Clean:

  • Exterior windows
  • Vacuum interior floors

Jiffy Lube Oil Change Prices

With all of those aforementioned services, you would expect Jiffy Lube to be insanely expensive.  They are actually on par with most prices of other companies, but often a little more.

The cost of an oil change at Jiffy Lube will depend on the type of vehicle you are driving as well as where you are.  These shops are all franchise owned, so each location can have a different price. You should expect to pay about $39.99 for a basic oil change on a normal vehicle.  Prices jump for high mileage and synthetic oil changes.

jiffy-lube-coupon-2013-300x159Jiffy Lube Oil Change Coupons

There are not many Jiffy Lube coupons floating around usually.  They have this one $5 off coupon, but if you want to find a bigger discount, you are going to need to look around for local newspapers to get a better deal.

Mar 06 2013

Oil Change Madison, WI

Sometimes I like to compile a list of the best places to get an oil change in certain cities.  I usually do this based off of places where I have the most visitors coming and looking for oil change coupons.  Madison, WI is one of the places that I get a significant amount of people looking for oil changes, so I figured this would be a good time to pull up some of the best oil changes locations in Madison, Wisconsin.

All of the information that I have was compiled between reviews from Yelp, Yahoo, the Better Business Borough and visitor dialogue.

Zimbrick Honda Service Center

430 Grand Canyon Dr
Madison, WI 53719
(608) 829-1118

Website

This may be a Honda Dealership, but they are known for the high quality of service that they offer.  Whether you own a Honda or another car, this would be a good place to go for an oil change.  Customers agree that this is a place with a great reputation for their work.  You even get a complimentary car wash afterwards.  If you have a Honda, its sometimes recommended that you get a Honda oil change since they know your car better than a regular mechanic down the block.

Courtesy Auto Service

3030 Milwaukee St
Madison, WI 53714
(608) 244-8088

Website

This site has nothing but perfect 5 star reviews on Yelp. This is a VW specialist shop, but you can bring any car in if you are just getting an oil change.  If they work on Volkswagen mainly, then they know how to get into the most intricate of engines.

Jiffy Lube

6519 University Ave
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 836-4446

Every town has a Jiffy Lube apparently.  Customers seem to appreciate the work that is done at this Jiffy Lube.  This is a national company, so they have certain standards that they have to work up to.  You’ll also get Pennzoil or Shell oil rather than risk getting some generic no-name brand of motor oil.

Mar 06 2013

Firestone Oil Change Coupons

Firestone got their start as a tire company.  They are under the umbrella of a Japanese tire manufacturing company, Bridgestone.  In order to remain competitive within the marketplace, Firestone started opening Firestone Complete Auto Care locations that customers could visit to both purchase Firestone brand tires and get them installed by Firestone tire specialists.

Firestone Complete Auto Care does a lot more than just install tires though.  They provide a large array of different services like oil changes, transmission fluid flushing, tire rotations and wheel alignments, to name a few.  You can get a great deal on most of these services and also expect the work to be done professionally and quickly.

Firestone Oil Change

Firestone is a company that believes in providing quality services.  Their oil changes come only with top of the line motor oil from Kendall GT-1.

Standard oil changes are performed with Kendall GT-1 Synthetic Blend Motor Oil, they don’t do conventional oil changes.  High mileage oil changes use Kendall GT-1® Synthetic Blend High Mileage motor oil and the fully synthetic change includes up to 5 quarts of  Kendall® GT-1 Full Synthetic motor oil.

All of these will get you a special ingredient that only Kendall GT-1 oil has.  Each bottle contains a special product that they call Liquid Titanium.  This is an additive that helps extend the life of the motor oil as well as your engine.

All oil changes include:

  • installation of a new filter
  • refill up to 5 quarts of Kendall® GT-1motor oil with Liquid Titanium
  • lubricate chassis (if necessary)
  • 3-month/3,000-mile warranty

Firestone Oil Change Coupon

Every month there will be a new coupon for an oil change from Firestone.  We provide the newest coupons for you so that you can get the cheapest oil change from them.

The deal to your right would be for a standard oil change with the Kendall GT-1 Synthetic Blend motor oil.  It would only cost you $19.99 with the coupon which is an incredible deal considering that is how much a conventional oil change will usually cost.  This coupon in particular expires on March 31, but if you click on it you’ll be brought to a page of new Firestone coupons.

Mar 05 2013

Transmission Oil Change Cost

The cost of a transmission oil change is definitely going to be different than your typical engine oil change.  This service is a lot more difficult to do and you need some more training than just watching a Youtube video to figure out how do do this.

You can definitely get discounted pricing if you look around.  We have compiled some discount prices on our page so you don’t have to pay the full amount for a transmission oil change.  There are deals from most major companies like Sears, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Meineke and Midas available for this.

The cost really depends on the shop that you go to.  If you go to a small mechanic shop in town, you might have to pay a little more than if you were to to go to a high volume place like Jiffy Lube who has this work down to a science.

The price should be anywhere from $100-$200.  This may seem like a lot for one service, but you usually only need this once or twice while owning your vehicle.  This amount is definitely a lot less than it would cost to fix a broken transmission, which often runs from about $1,000 to $4,000 for a normal car.

The lower prices are easily attainable when you get a coupon off of any service over a certain amount of money.  You usually won’t find a specific coupon for transmission flushes, but there are a lot of deals that will get you a percentage off of any service over $100.

An automatic transmission fluid transfer (ATF) exchange involves completely draining out your old used up lubricant.  The transmission is then flushed out to remove any gunk, grime or other materials that shouldn’t be in your transmission.  This is a difficult and time consuming task which makes the price go up so much.  Once the tranny is flushed out, they will fill your transmission with brand new transmission fluid.

When should you change your transmission fluid?

Generally, it is recommended that you change this fluid every 30,000 miles or so.  If you do a significant amount of stop and go driving, you might want to consider getting it more often to avoid having your transmission slip or breakdown.

 

Mar 04 2013

NTB Oil Change Coupons

NTB, also known as National Tire and Battery, is a large automobile service company that serves car owners in the United States.   NTB was formed in 1997 through the merger of two large tire retailers.

National Tire and Battery is part of a network of companies that are all owned by the TBC Retail Group.  TBC owns and operates all NTB locations along with Merchant’s Tire & Auto Center and Tire Kingdom.   They also have shares and franchises held in Big O Tires.  Other non-tire retailers that TBC owns are SpeeDee Oil Change and Midas.

Since NTB is part of such a large organization, you’ll often be able to find some great prices with them.  They are able to keep costs down because of the large network that can significantly keep company cost overhead down, and they can pass the savings onto you.

NTB Oil Change Coupons

Every month we come across a new coupon for oil changes at NTB.   The coupons will change by a few dollars and sometimes be for synthetic or conventional oil changes.  They also have regular sales if they don’t do the coupon deal.  This way, all customers will get the same great price, rather than leaving out some people.

ntb oil change

NTB Oil Change Price

Besides their service quality, one of the best things about NTB is the fact that they advertise their real oil change prices online.  A lot of other companies will cover up their prices or make you come in to find out what your oil change will cost.  After you get the oil change, the prices will almost always be more than what they quoted you.  This is not the case at NTB locations.  The price that you see is the price that you get.  The only addition that they will tack on is the tax, and that’s just because they have to.

Feb 28 2013

Oil Change Kit

The cheapest way to do most things is to actually do it yourself.  A cheeseburger in a restaurant can often cost about $15, but if you make it at home it will cost you about $2 or less.

You can apply the same economics to an oil change.  Oil changes usually cost about $25 for a conventional oil change or $70 for a synthetic oil change.  You can go to Pep Boys and get 5 quarts of conventional motor oil for $15-$20 or synthetic for about $40. Right there you can see this is a great way to at least get a cheap synthetic oil change.

Oil Change Kits

You can go out and buy each of these oil change tools one by one, but that can get a little more expensive and you won’t have the best combination of items.  There are going to be a few options from your basic kit, about $15, to an advanced kit, closer to $100.

Basic Oil Change Kit

Hopkins OP-KIT Oil Change Kit

You can get this kit on Amazon for a great deal.  This comes with all of the bare essential for an oil change, minus the ratchet set.  You’ll get:

  •  oil drain pan
  • oil filter gripper
  • tight spot funnel
  • two pairs of gloves
  • two shop towels

That is pretty much all you need to perform a basic oil change.  On Amazon, you can get this for a little under $15.  That will pay for itself over several uses and definitely save you money over time.

Mityvac 7201 Fluid Evacuator Plus

This isn’t really an oil change kit.  It is more of a tool that you can use to make doing oil changes a lot easier.  I wouldn’t really recommend this for doing oil changes at home unless you are going to start charging your neighbors for oil changes.  You’ll also need an oil filter housing cup wrench along with this, but this will be the cleanest and easiest way to do an oil change without having to get under your engine.  This costs a little under $100 on Amazon.

Feb 27 2013

Oil Change Seattle

Seattle is one of those cities where there is a lot of driving to do.  Places, for the most part, aren’t all within walking distance.  Even if it were, the weather means you will have to get in your car to fight the rain or the cold.  This puts a lot of miles on your car and means that you will need to get an oil change fairly often.

There are a lot of great mechanics and quick lube stations in the Seattle area.  We have some customer reviews and lots of Yelp reviews to help us find the best oil changes in Seattle.  We look into customer satisfaction, speed of service and the cost of an oil change when we choose the top locations.

Top Seattle Oil Change Locations

Stingray Auto Repair

701 John St
(between N Aurora Ave & N Dexter Ave)
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 420-3019
Website

Stingray is open Monday through Friday from 7AM until 6PM.  They also have weekend hours on Saturday from 8:00-3:00.  Yelp reviewers have voted this the number one oil change location in the Seattle area.  They have almost a five star review from a giant 140 review count as of today (February 27).  Lots of people ended up there with a Groupon deal that got 3 oil changes for $30 and it seems as though each and every one of them was excited to report the amazing service that they got from Stingray Auto.

Lioe’s Automotive

2400 Beacon Ave S
(between S 14th Ave & Bayview St)
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
(206) 323-2828

Lioe’s is another small shop that does the majority of automobile repairs along with easier services like oil changes.  On Yelp, there are 18 different reviews mentioning an oil change.  15 of those reviews gave a perfect rating and a glowing review of Lioe’s services.

Firestone Courtesy Tire

4820 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Neighborhood: West Seattle
(206) 932-5044
Website

This shop is different than Firestone Complete Auto Care.  There are 2 different locations in the Seattle area, but the one in West Seattle has the best reviews.  They have almost a perfect rating from their past customers.  If you want to get an oil change coupon from Firestone, you can head over to their website and print one up.  Right now there is a deal that gets you an oil change for $21 or you can upgrade to a synthetic oil change for an additional $18.10.

Feb 26 2013

Midas Oil Change Coupon

Midas has been a go-to auto mechanic shop for brake services since they opened the doors to their first location.  Since then, the company has significantly grown and shaped themselves to be a great location to get quick and affordable automotive services done.

You can definitely get more than just brake repairs and services from Midas.  All of the companies that once specialized in one realm of the auto repair business has had to open up to new services.  Among those services is the oil change which you can get pretty much any place that has a car lift and some wrenches.

Midas Oil Change

The standard for oil change intervals has been about 3,000 miles.  Newer cars don’t need to get their oil changed that frequently and cars that have recently gotten a synthetic oil change can push their car to about 5,000 miles before they need it serviced again.

Midas will be able to determine if your oil is ready to go or not.  If it is in need of an oil change, they can give you the regular conventional/high mileage/synthetic oil change.  They will then do the service with the oil that you requested with the select grade.  Other services are added as part of the “Midas Touch Courtesy Check”.  These free addons include a visual check of Engine air filter, Brake fluid, Power steering fluid, Automatic transmission fluid, Coolant/antifreeze.

Oil Change Coupons

This company usually offers a compeitive price on their oil changes, but every dollar saved will help.  There are a few ways to pull oil change coupons for Midas.  First, you can go to their website and search for your location to find what is available in your area in terms of discounts.  What I do is I have the Midas app for my iPhone.  This will pull up all local discounts so I just have to flash my phone to the cashier to get my discount.  The other way is the old fashioned option.  This involves combing through newspapers and local pennysavers to find a coupon you can clip.

Feb 25 2013

Goodyear Coupons – Oil Change

Long story short, you can get a lot more services done at a Goodyear Auto Service center than just tire purchasing and installations.  You can find Goodyear owned and branded locations or you can get to another local mechanic that is officially part of the Goodyear Tire and Service Network.

The coupon situation is different for whichever location you are closer to or decide to go to.  The Goodyear owned locations have to accept your oil change coupons that are nationally advertised while local and franchised owned shops can turn down the coupons.  The plus side of the non Goodyear owned shops is you can sometimes find even better deals just for specific locations.

Goodyear Oil Changes

Goodyear performs pretty much all tire services as well as an array of other automotive services.  They are a one stop shop for a majority of the maintenance that your car requires to last as long as you can get it to run.

The oil changes are usually pretty quick and affordable with this company.  They have an assembly line setup to get people in and out quickly so you aren’t waiting forever just to get your oil changed or tires installed.

In terms of oil changes, you can choose between a few options.  Goodyear only uses premium motor oil, so you don’t have to worry about getting an inferior product from a no-name brand of oil.  You’ll get a full service oil change including oil, filter, lubrication of fittings, engine checks and fluid top off.

Oil Change Coupon

There is a coupon available both on a national and on a local level.  The national discount is accepted at all Goodyear owned locations and the majority of the other shops in the Goodyear Tire Network.  There are a lot of Just Tires locations that will honor these deals.  For specific location discounts, you can go to the Goodyear locations page and look up the closest one to you.  Once you get to that page you can pull up the cheapest oil change deal for that area.

Feb 24 2013

Pennzoil Oil Change Coupons

Pennzoil is the flagship motor oil brand for the Shell Oil Company.  Shell is one of the United States’ largest gasoline companies, that is what the consumer will usually see and notice.  They are, however, just the US subsidiary of a multi-national oil company run out of London called Royal Dutch Shell plc.

Shell in the United States can be associated with the gasoline stations, Pennzoil Motor Oil, Penn10 Quick Lube Stations and even the Jiffy Lube quick oil change stations.  In 1998 Pennzoil merged with their long time rival, Quaker State.  Now almost any location that you can get a Pennzoil oil change, you can find the option for Quaker State as well.

Pennzoil Motor Oils

Every major motor oil company has different lines of products to share with their consumers.  Pennzoil has, for the most part, 5 different type of oil under their belt.  They have:

  • Pennzoil – Conventional motor oil
  • Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle – Motor oil designed for vehicles with 90,000 plus miles on the engine
  • Pennzoil Gold – Synthetic blend motor oil
  • Pennzoil Platinum – Advanced full synthetic motor oil
  • Pennzoil Ultra – Full synthetic motor oil with sludge protection (The best motor oil for luxury cars)

Quaker State Motor Oils

Since Quaker State is technically the same company and technically made by the same manufacturers at Pennzoil, it would be smart to include Quaker State oils in this post.  While Pennzoil has 5 major oils, Quaker State only has the following 4 brands:

  • Advanced Durability Motor Oil – Conventional motor oil
  • Defy Motor Oil – Synthetic Blend Motor Oil
  • Enhanced Durability Synthetic Blend Motor Oil – Synthetic blend for vehicles put under more stress than most
  • Ultimate Durability Full Synthetic Motor Oil – Full Synthetic Motor Oil

Quick Lube Stations

Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube is the number one quick lube station under the Pennzoil flag, although most people wouldn’t know it.  You can get Pennzoil oil changes at any Jiffy Lube location with or without a discount or coupon.

Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change

Penn10 stations are much smaller than Jiffy Lube.  These small franchise owned locations are scattered around the country more in the Northeast United States and Canada.

Pennzoil Oil Change Coupons

We found coupons for Pennzoil oil changes in a few different options.  You can either print a Jiffy Lube coupon that uses Pennzoil motor oil, get a Pennzoil 10 Minute oil change coupon, use a Pennzoil mail in rebate or use one of the fairly common Pep Boys coupons for an oil change that uses Pennzoil.