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Thread: Engine Oil Savings
- 11.25.2009 #1
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Engine Oil Savings
I posted this info as part of another thread, but thought it might mean something to others as well....
For those that do their own oil changes, you might want to take a look at local/regional suppliers for their engine oils.
It is well known in the the oil industry, that Motiva is the manufacturer of most of the oil base stocks for the industry. Infineum also is the largest producer of additive packages. Virtually all the name brands use these suppliers for their motor oil concoctions they put on the shelf at the store and truckstops, with only slight variations to the oil makeup. Likewise, many regional distributors use these same suppliers to put together engine oils under their own brand name. I am able to get a 15w40 CJ-4 synthetic blend that has 40% synthetic base stock (a high percentage as far as blends go) that has equal or better characteristics to the big name brands and costs me $9 a gallon and they deliver a 55 gallon barrel to my door for $5. Their regular dino version 15w40 CJ-4 is around $8 a gallon delivered. In my case, I get this from Allied Oil and Supply out of Omaha and delivered by the branch office at Des Moines. Of course I could buy the big name brands and then have their marketing costs, magazine ads, and sponsorship of race cars and such thrown into the price of the oil.
Just a thought for those that are trying save every bit they can in these economic times.
Last edited by Cowpie1; 11.25.2009 at 11.56 PM.
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- 11.26.2009 #2
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The company I am leased to, Ergon, transports base oils for Excel, which has a facility inside the Conoco refinery in Lake Charles, LA. Just some of the places I have delivered to are:
Motiva, Port Arthur, TX;
Lucas (nw of Keokuk, IA),
Royal Purple, near Cleveland, TX;
Mystic in Tulsa OK;
Gulf Coast Lubes in Carlyss, LA, (Kendall and Conoco products, syn and dino)
And countless other "blending and packaging" facilities who are lesser known, and/or do third party packaging and blending. While I do haul both oils and chemicals, it is mainly chemicals that I transport, and if I consulted with one of the dedicated oil haulers, I'm sure that I could furnish a much larger list. Was surprised to read your statement about Motiva being the "manufacturer of most of the base oil stock for the industry", as last week while loading at Excel, I saw they had put up a large poster in the driver room proclaiming pretty much the same thing. Hmmm, may have to re-read that poster a bit more carefully next time I'm loading.