Automotive Oil Change & Lubrication Services

Automotive Oil Change & Lubrication Services

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry provide motor oil changes and lubrication services for automobiles and light trucks. Major US companies include Havoline Xpress Lube (owned by Chevron), Jiffy Lube and Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change (both owned by Royal Dutch Shell), and Valvoline Instant Oil Change.


Demand is driven by the amount of driving that consumers do and by new car sales. The profitability of individual companies depends on convenient location and good marketing. Large chains have an advantage in name recognition, but the operations of individual locations are similar. Small companies can compete successfully by owning favorable locations. The US industry is fragmented: the 50 biggest companies generate about 45% of revenue. The Canadian quick-lube industry is similarly fragmented, with a small number of large players accounting for roughly half of the market.


Major services are oil changes (about 80% of sales) and other preventive maintenance. Some locations provide repair services. Routine maintenance services like adjusting tire pressure, changing windshield wipers, replacing light bulbs, and topping off fluid levels are usually done in 10 minutes or less.

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