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Jiffy Lube oil change coupon & promotion

Update: this offer has expired, go to Jiffy Lube Coupons at Buxr.com for an updated list of Jiffy Lube coupons

This is an extremely timely discovery for me, my Honda just begs for new oil. Apparently Jiffy Lube has a page on their website (expired) with specials and now through June 4, 2007 they are offering a “buy one get one free” oil change.

In addition, the page has a link to a printable coupon for an instant $5 off your oil change (these offers may not be combined) which is valid through 2007.

Check if your local Jiffy Lube participates in this promotion and go to the promotion page (expired) for details on this offering.

Jiffy Lube Promotions

Source: discussion at FatWallet forums (via WiredDeals)


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5 Responses to “Jiffy Lube oil change coupon & promotion”


  1. 1 rajbot May 1st, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    You should know, however, that jiffy lube does a notoriously bad job of changing oil, AND tries to upsell you tons of add-ons whenever you go in. Often this is regardless whether you need them or not, although the way people usually maintain their cars (poorly), they’re not entirely scamming you, but they’re definitely profit-taking on what they’ll charge you. Try searching “jiffy lube scam” on google to get dozens of results.

    For what it’s worth, if you want to be truly thrifty, you should be able to change your oil and oil filter yourself. In most cars it is a pretty simple maintenance task. You’ll initially spend maybe 5-8 bucks for an oil filter wrench and another ten for an oil container (you don’t necessarily need this — any wide-mouth container will do, but it makes it so much easier that it’s worth it) and then after that 8-10 bucks every time you want to change your oil (including filter). If you’re really unprepared, you might need to spend another 5 bucks on a wrench to get out the drain plug.

    On most cars, even modern ones, this task should be pretty easy. The one thing you really WANT to make sure of is that you check that the little rubber seal on the oil filter came out whole, and that the new seal is good — otherwise you might drain out all the oil in your car and irreparably damage the engine. However, this has been occasionally known to happen EVEN WITH professional oil changes, so as long as you’re the type of guy who pays attention to the idiot light for the oil pressure (meaning, when it comes on, you shut your car off ASAP) you’ve got nothing to worry about.

    You also get the sense of accomplishment that comes with successfully maintaining your own car (this, of course, is invaluable).

  2. 2 Yan May 2nd, 2007 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for your tips. I am a DIY type myself and have been meaning to try changing oil for some time but never really got my hands to it. Maybe my past experience warns me against doing it.

    While I do my lawn mowing and snow shoveling myself (saved money opportunity to exercise), one unsuccessful DIY attempt I have is how I bought an electric power washer in an attempt to save money on a car wash. That never really happened. First, I apparently don’t wash my car that often. Second, I found a manual washing station nearby that only charges $2 per cycle but saves a lot of time since I don’t have to mess with the hoses.

    I might be wrong with oil changes, but there are at least a few things I need to consider before I give it a try. First, in addition to a wrench and a container, I got to find something to help me get under the car. Second, used oil has to go somewhere and disposing of it can cost time and money. And finally, finding a level surface where I live can be a challenge (my house is on a slope) and I understand it is desired for proper oil drainage/measuring… Any advice?

  3. 3 XynamaX May 2nd, 2007 at 7:00 am

    You can have an entire debate on this. On some cars it’s ridiculously easy to change oil (trucks especially due to the amount of room). For others, it’s a pain-in-the-a**. Germans love to squeeze oil filters in the darndest of places.

    Chances are you are heading to a local parts store to get parts. You might as well just have a lube-place do it.

    You need an oil-filter wrench (there are different sizes), an oil drain bucket, a socket for the oil-pan drain, and the possibility of ramps/jack to lift your car if you can’t reach the drain plug. For consumables you’ll need the oil filter, and oil.

    Then you need to dispose of the oil. You can’t just wash it down the drain, and most places won’t take used oil without a “disposal fee”.

    It can be a terribly messy job if you screw up. Also, keep in mind that some places will lube/grease your front steering as well which is a plus. Not many people have a grease-gun at home, and failure to keep this lube will lead to worn out joints.

    Finally, factor in human error. Do most people know that the oil-filter should be hand tightened? Can you imagine the cost involved in repairing stripped threads because someone over-tightened their oil filter?

    You need to weight cost vs. benefits here. Nowadays you can get 5000-10000 miles between oil changes, so the cost really is minimal considering you’re not changing every 3000 miles like we’ve been used to years ago.

    -X

  4. 4 rajbot May 2nd, 2007 at 9:16 am

    those are all good points. For what it’s worth, the last two oil changes I’ve done have been on trucks/vans, and thus didn’t require a jack or creeper.

    Most auto parts shops where I live recycle oil for free — if you buy a larger oil receptacle, you can probably do a couple oil changes with it before needing to take it in to the shop.

    The fact that oil change places will grease your zerks (points that accept grease) is a bonus — you can do this yourself as well, and I’ve actually been advised to DIY on my older car (64 bel air) because often techs at these oil places are unaware of the zerk locations. you can get a grease gun and grease for about $10.

    xyn is correct — it is very much an opportunity cost issue — you are going to be spending 30 to 60 minutes of your time to save $10. For a lot of people this isn’t worth it. The additional reward of knowing where things are on my car and how to maintain it makes it worth it for me.

  5. 5 Alex May 2nd, 2007 at 9:20 am

    I got screwed up pretty bad at Jiffy Lube once. They drained my transmission fluid and put extra oil. I have to mention that they also paid for messed up transmission but I will never go to any JL again, regardless of coupons and promotions ;)

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