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Average Retail Oil Change Price Reaches $20.55 in 2011

January 18, 2012

UNIONTOWN, OH – The price of an oil change at retail isn't what it used to be, according to Modern Tire Dealer magazine's recent Facts issue. The issue shows the average price of an oil change offered by a retail tire chain in the U.S. was $20.55 in 2011.

This price reflects a 2% increase over 2010 prices but a 21% increase when compared with prices five years ago. The chart below shows how prices have increased:

YearOil Change Price
2011 $20.55
2010 $20.16
2009 $19.83
2008 $18.99
2007 $16.98
2006 $16.11

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  1. 1. Bill W. [ April 21, 2012 @ 06:37AM ]

    The graph showing average oil change prices is somewhat misleading based on important factors that the consumer rarely considers: 1. Many automotive shops treat oil changes as a bait to pull in more cars. Making profit on oil changes is of no concern because they want to get more profitable service from you. 2. Consumer giants like Walmart rely on you to shop retail while they're working on your car, therefore the price is lower. 3. The cost of oil is much higher, averaging about $2/quart even in bulk for name brand, and the reality as far as profit goes should be around $30 per oil change.


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