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Best Deals on Motor Oil

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)

Online
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 4/5/19)

Rebate deals on motor oil will normally  save you at least 50% off the regular sale price. The vendor will sometimes offer their own discounts on certain items (e.g. Amazon and their product-specific coupons). Examples are offered below for the most common oil viscosity, but other variations may be available from that vendor.

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.


Mobil 1 Rebate (valid 4/1/19 to 9/30/19)

Mobile 1 Rebate
For 5 or more quarts of any Mobil 1 eligible product and (1) Mobil 1 Extended Performance oil filter or Mobil 1 Motorcycle oil filter, and receive a $17 rebate.
For 5 or more quarts of any Mobil 1 eligible product, receive a $12 rebate.

Note: Walmart does not appear on the rebate list, however the consensus is that Walmart is still normally approved as a qualifying vendor. If you still would like to proceed with another vendor, check the Mobil 1 Rebate page (link above) to see qualifying vendors.

Examples through Walmart:

Mobil 1 5W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 qt.
$22.88 – $12 Mobil 1 rebate = $10.88

Mobil 1 5W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 qt. + Mobil 1 Extended Performance Oil Filter
$22.88 (oil) + $9.97 (oil filter) – $17 Mobil 1 rebate = $15.85

Mobil 1 Extended Performance 10W-30 Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 qt
$25.77 Р$12 Mobil 1 rebate = $13.77

Mobil 1 0W-40 Advanced Full Synthetic Motor Oil, 5 qt.
$22.88 – $12 Mobil 1 rebate = $10.88


Pennzoil Rebate (valid 1/1/19 to 6/30/19)

Pennzoil Rebate
$10 back for every qualifying 5-quart bottle of Pennzoil Synthetic motor oil purchased up to a maximum rebate of $20.

Examples through Amazon:

Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-20, 5 Quart – Pack of 1
$24.97 – $2.50 Amazon coupon – $10 Pennzoil rebate = $12.47

Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30, 5 Quart – Pack of 1
$24.97 – $2.50 Amazon coupon – $10 Pennzoil rebate = $12.47

Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil 10W-30, 5 Quart – Pack of 1
$22.68 – $2.00 Amazon coupon – $10 Pennzoil rebate = $10.68

Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage Full Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30, 5 Quart – Pack of 1
$22.68 – $10 Pennzoil rebate = $12.68


Scott enjoys fixing and improving cars, motorcycles, and his home in his spare time. He does his best to transcribe his journey as he navigates across unknown territory, finds himself in peculiar predicaments, and figures out how things work in the process.

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