Wasted maintenance material, motion and time, drastically affect the bottom line profitability.
There are many hidden costs of an oil change that have influenced companies to find a more efficient approach to keeping oil healthy and reliable. A recent study on the subject found that the true cost of an oil change frequently exceeded 40 times the cost of the oil itself. Following are a few of the many factors that contribute to the true cost of an oil change:
U.S. Military Engineering Note: The Service Life Cycle of a lubricant is dependent upon the "QUALITY" of the oil and the filtration system's ability to keep it clean.
You get better wear protection, lower engine temperatures, improved fuel efficiency and easier cold-weather starts. All of these benefits add up to reduced operating costs and longer engine life. And even more, you generate less waste oil, which helps preserve our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Consider the Following:
Marc Graham, president of Pennzoil-Quaker State-owned Jiffy Lube International, was quoted in a 2001 Lubricants World interview as saying, "At (PQS) we use a number internally that if we (shortened the drain interval) by 100 miles (for each car serviced), it would mean an additional $20 million in revenue for the company." He also explained that "if we could move our customers to get one more oil change per year, it's worth $294 million for the oil change alone and $441 million in revenue, when you include the ancillary products and services customers typically buy along with the oil change."
Up-Date: Lawsuit Hits at Jiffy Lube Oil Change Intervals Read it in the Lube'n'Greases Lube Report Section Below
The 3,000-mile oil change drain interval has been ingrained in the American conscious for decades. Conventional motor oil companies aggressively push it, oil change centers remind their customers to return when another 3,000 miles have accumulated on the odometer and fathers teach their children to change their oil and filter according to a 3,000-mile schedule.
Yet, since 1997 many of the same U.S. oil companies that continue to recommend the “3,000-mile oil change drain interval” in the U.S. have recommend, 12,000-18,000 mile oil change drain intervals in Europe! BUT NOT HERE???
HOWEVER, they have been offered in the past and then STOPPED. ??? Because, traditional oil change recommendations also allow motor oil companies to sell a lot more oil. Everyone wins but the customer.
- 1977 STP Advertisement 15,000-Mile Oil Change Drain Interval
- 1977 STP Advertisement 15,000-Mile x 4 Oil Change Drain Interval
- 1977 Mobil 1 Advertisement 15,000-Mile Oil Change Drain Interval
- 1978 Mobil 1 Advertisement 25,000-Mile Extended Oil Change Drain Interval
- 2000 Europe to Extend Vehicle Oil Change Drain Intervals to 27,900-Miles and Beyond
- 2002 Valvoline claims 100,000-Mile Extended Oil Change Drain Intervals
- 2003-2004 Mobil 1 Synthetic Motor Oil goes 28,000-miles in "extreme" conditions -- before changing...
- 2005 ExxonMobil Extends Oil Change Drain Intervals to 15,000 Miles "AGAIN"
- 2005 General Motors 30,000-Mile Extended Oil Change Drain Intervals are Achievable
Misleading OEM Practices:
In recent years, some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have attempted to once again revive old fears about warranty coverage in an attempt to increase sales of their own, typically more-expensive, OEM-branded oils.
OEMs often suggest in owner’s manuals, advertisements or through dealership personnel that motorists and enthusiasts must use the OEM-branded oil to comply with the new vehicle or equipment warranty. The tactic is especially pervasive in the powersports market. Some OEMs include warnings of catastrophic engine failure should a non-OEM oil be used.
These are nothing more than fear tactics meant to strong-arm motorists and enthusiasts into buying the OEM-branded lubricant. Many are unaware, however, that it is against the law for OEMs to tie use of a specific brand of oil to the warranty, as implicitly stated in the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, or to void the warranty simply because motorists practice extended drain intervals or use, for example, a non-API-certified oil.
Misinformation surrounds how lubricant selection and extended drain intervals affect OEM warranties. The truth simply comes down to cause and effect — if the lubricant did not cause the problem, the warranty cannot be voided, period. Lubricant brand, type or length in use have no bearing on the decision.
The Federal Trade Commission
Makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part. ... The FTC says the manufacturer or dealer must show that the aftermarket or recycled part caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of downtime, more extensive repairs or lost resale value.”
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is the premiere world resource for the design, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of automobiles, aircraft, space vehicles, off-highway equipment, trucks, buses, trains, marine craft, engines, and self-propelled vehicles.
FACT: Most vehicles can run 500,000 to 1 million miles without engine, transmission, or differential failures.
At least triple the remaining life of your engine. A documented 70% reduction in engine wear rates per extensive OEM testing was reported in Society of Automotive Engineers Technical Paper # 881825 by using special filters with nanofiber technology from the military and medical industries.
Advanced Nanofiber Filter technology has been used exclusively in heavy duty applications, including the U.S. ARMY Abrams M1 tank.
Ea Synthetic NanoFiber Air and Oil Filters represent a major breakthrough in filtration technology. For the first time, revolutionary Synthetic NanoFiber Air and Oil Filter technology is available to the automotive and light truck market.
In short, the FTC releases below indicate that all of these companies have used deceptive advertising in order to mislead consumers into believing that their products offer advanced engine protection and performance over motor oil alone.
The truth is that not one of these companies has been able to offer any test results which prove conclusively that any benefit is gained from their products use.
For The Record: The truth is, if any of these additional oil additives were necessary, the various oil company chemists would already be doing it. Engine oil manufacturers spend huge amounts of money on research and development of their respective products. The balance of chemicals within their oils is tightly controlled from one batch of oil to the next. The primary reason is that the crude stock from which these high-tech oils are refined varies dramatically from one shipment of crude to another. Therefore, each of the oil manufacturers finds themselves continuously adjusting the mixture in order to achieve the desired concentrations of specific chemical ingredients based on the crude stock they receive.