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Companies in this industry provide motor oil changes and lubrication services for automobiles and light trucks. Major US companies include Jiffy Lube, Havoline Xpress Lube, Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change, and Valvoline Instant Oil Change.
The US automotive oil change and lubrication industry includes about 5,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $5 billion. Key growth challenges include increased competition and environmental concerns.
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 35 percent of revenue.
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Major services are oil changes (about 75 percent 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.
A typical location performs about 1,200 to 1,500 jobs per month. Most locations operate two to five bays in a drive-through building, and many use basement construction so that oil can be changed below while other services are being completed above. However, to reduce capital requirements and enable quicker relocation, vehicle lifts can be ...
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