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Where to Buy Motor Oil?
The usual places to purchase motor oil are typically auto parts stores, big box stores, and now the ubiquitous online marketplace. I always do my own oil changes and I am try to find a balance between economy and convenience. Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of buying oil from each of these places:
Big Box Store
Pros: quick and easy to get if you need it right away, occasionally on clearance
Cons: typically doesn’t go on sale, lower inventory turnover so oil might be older
Local Auto Parts Store
Pros: quick and easy to get if you need it right away, usually offered on sale, good selection
Cons: prices not always the cheapest, sale price is sometimes offered as a bundle with an oil filter (not great if you don’t want/need the oil filter)
Pros: usually the cheapest option, greatest selection
Cons: wait time for handling and shipping can be long (unless ordering with certain vendors, which can still be 2 days)
How to Get the Best Deals on Motor Oil
Buying motor oil online is as easy as ever, and it’s also the best place to score a great deal on it as well. If you need oil for your oil change and you need it now, then going to your local in-person store will suffice. But if you want to get the best deal, you’ll need to order it during specific times throughout the year—even if you don’t need it. The reason for this is that there are deals that pop-up online from time-to-time that will allow you to purchase oil at more than half-off the normal retail price.
If you want to save some money and for some reason would rather purchase motor oil in-person, try to do it when the oil is on sale. These stores make circulars available online for viewing so do check these in advance to save yourself a trip to the store. I’m not a fan of the package deals they offer that includes a pre-determined oil filter for your application. Most of the time, I use an OEM oil filter for my car and would rather not be pressured to use an aftermarket one that is part of their package deal. If you can find a sale on only motor oil, or if you can find a package deal that consists of an oil filter that you already intend to use, then by all means go for it. However, know that the store’s sale price will still be higher than if you take advantage of online promotions.
Also, utilize online tools in order to find out when the optimal times are to buy oil. You can use deal sites like Slickdeals to find out when these deals pop-up. You can also utilize tools like CamelCamelCamel to see the price history of a particular item on Amazon to see if the price is higher or lower relative to its historic pricing. You’ll notice that Amazon’s prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit, so it might be worth while to wait. With these sites, you can also sign-up to get notified when there are price drops.
The Best Deals on Motor Oil (Updated 2/2/20)
Rebate deals on motor oil will normally save you at least 50% off the regular sale price. There are even deals that offer a gift card if you purchase 5 quarts of oil. This nets to either cash in your pocket or pretty much getting your 5 quarts of oil for free. The vendor will sometimes offer their own discounts on certain items (e.g. Amazon and their product-specific coupons). Examples are offered below are available from Amazon, however other varieties of oil (as well as slight difference in price) may be available from other vendors.
Keep in mind that prices tend to fluctuate and coupons are sometimes offered/retracted, so be aware that the prices below can ultimately change. However, the offered rebates are still valid based off the information provided below.
Shell $22 Gift Card for Pennzoil 5-Quart Purchase (valid 2/2/19 to 2/23/19)
Receive a $22 Shell Gift Card by mail if you purchase 5 quarts of:
Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic
Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Full Synthetic
* Some important things to note:
- Limited to one per person, household, or address (email and physical). All offer requests include a USPS address verification check.
- Not valid for residents of RI
- If purchasing through Amazon, make sure to submit your invoice which shows “shipped”. If you submit the initial invoice, your submission will likely be rejected.
- Requests submitted online must be recieved by March 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM CT. Request by mail must be postmarked by March 10, 2020, and recieved by March 24,
- For a list of participating retailers, please see link.
Examples through Amazon:
Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic 0W-20 Motor Oil (5-Quart)
$28.31 – $22 Shell GC= $6.31
Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic 5W-20 Motor Oil (5-Quart)
$24.97 – $22 Shell GC= $2.97
Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil (5-Quart)
$20.98 – $22 Shell GC = +$1.02
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil (SAE, SN) 0W-20 (5-Quart)
$22.68 – $22 Shell GC = $0.68
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil (SN) 5W-20 (5-Quart)
$22.68 – $22 Shell GC = $0.68
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil (5-Quart)
$22.68 – $22 Shell GC = $0.68
Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 10W-30 (5-Quart)
$19.28 – $22 Shell GC = +$2.72
Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Full Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil (5-Quart)
$17.56 – $22 Shell GC = +$4.44
* For simplicity sake, I’ve included links to 5-quart containers. It is possible to purchase 5 qty of single quart bottles, but it’s more convenient and less wasteful to go for the larger 5-quart container. Also, if you’re ordering through Amazon, you can choose the Subscribe & Save option to save an additional 5%-15% off the sale price for further savings.