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Old 03-23-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What freakin rock have I been living under. Mind you i haven't bought it for a long time, but went to the local Advance Auto today to pick something and just happened to look over at the motor oil...$5.99 a quart.

When did the prices sky rocket? This has to be some sort of scam as this would make it almost $24 a gallon and I can buy gas today for $3.41 a gallon.
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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You must have not changed your oils in LONG time. Oils went up as in - over 2-4 months, about 2-3 years ago. They actually went way ahead of gas prices and virtually tripled in price.
Same goes for tires, by the way. Tires skyrocketed about 1.5 year ago.
Same goes for batteries. Almost doubled in price.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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$6 isnt too bad around here, but it depends on what kind it is..

Some Mobile One Synthetics are $10 a quart.

I will get Mobil One if I can but I have used Quaker State, whatever 5 quart jug Pepboys has.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: WA
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Motor oil prices have generally tracked with the rate of inflation over the years. With a bit of shopping it is not hard for me to buy premium oil less than $3.00 a quart and synthetic less than $6. Today's motor oil does a better job of lubrication and IMO is usually priced fairly.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:40 PM
 
Location: New Market, MD
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at costco you can get mobil 1 fully synthetic 5w-30 and 10w-30 for $26 (6 qt) in 1qt packing when discount is going on. This is nice as you can save stuff unopened that you don't need when you change oil.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:22 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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When I can get a synthetic blend with filter installed for $29.95 it's just not cost effective to do my own anymore. If you have an older car and need to top it up, Costco is the way to go.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...and just happened to look over at the motor oil...$5.99 a quart.
That's very high.
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Motor oil prices have generally tracked with the rate of inflation over the years.
It used to track with the price of gasoline... roughly the same as a gallon of regular.

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With a bit of shopping it is not hard for me to buy premium oil less than $3.00 a quart...
That sounds about right. It shouldn't require any special effort to find any brand of 5W30 at pretty much any common outlet for any more than what the Shell on the corner has on their sign for their regular gas.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Oil is a lot cheaper at the discount stores such as Sam's Club, Walmart, and the rest. Mobil 1 synthetic costs around $26.00 per gallon at Walmart, even here in Fairbanks, Alaska where everything has to be shipped from other States.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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I've bought $8+ oil forever but yes, with discounts it tends to be cheaper to get it done (if you consider time spent doing it, getting rid of oil and so forth).
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Non-synthetic oil these days is very good and under most driving conditions, will serve you well for 5,000 miles with a good filter.

Personally, I use synthetic but it's because I'm lazy with changing oil. I will use either Amsoil or Pennzoil Platinum.
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