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Jiffy Lube

Nationwide chain of automotive service centers founded in 1979 and based in Houston, Texas

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Depends on your branch, inconsistent service throughout

  • Oct 1, 2011
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Jiffy Lube really depends on where you go and how talk to the folks that work there. 

If you show any sign of not knowing about your car, you're in for it. If you know exactly what you're there for, they'll leave you alone. 

There have been so many horror stories of people who drive up for an oil change and then get sucked into buying all sorts of things that their car doesn't even need, or not at that time. People spend up to $200 on maintenance when all they thought it would cost was $39.99. You've just got to be careful, and make it clear the first or second time what you need done. If you don't' know what your car needs, you'll need to research it. 

Jiffy Lube is great because they do maintenance without appointments and for the most part (hopefully), they know what they're doing. If you use them right, it can save you a hassle of bugging one of your friends to do a car job for you, or you spending a Saturday morning screwing with you car trying to do something that a professional knows how to do in 15 minutes or less. 

Do your research, keep a maintenance log and be firm when you get there about what you need. Last tip: coupons. If you don't find them in the mail, the manager can always give you a discount without a coupon -- all you have to do is ask (and then ask if he can give you another one when you're about to pay.) 

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February 15, 2012
Basically, a car needs an oil change every 3-4,000 miles. Brake shoes need servicing approximately every 15-18 months depending upon how you drive. A heavy foot on the brake pedal may need changes more often. Brake fluid can be looked at every 6 months by the car owner. Anti-freeze should be checked every few months or sooner in the summer. Wires should be changed every 1.5 to 2 years. "Ditto" for plugs. Occasionally, the transmission fluid should be professionally checked. That can be more costly. It's always good to consult with a neighborhood mechanic or friend that knows cars well. Of course, tires should be rotated a few times a year and air pressure checked regularly. At the yearly inspection, the mechanic will rock the tires multi-directionally to check whether or not the ball bearings are placed strategically.
October 01, 2011
Great tips, Angelo! I hope everyone follows your advice or you're right, they will be ripped off.
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I find it awfully hard to believe but Jiffy Lube has been around for more than 30 years.  Jiffy Lube practically invented the quick oil change business.  This was an innovation that just about everyone welcomed and quickly embraced.  Changing your own oil was dirty, time consuming and often dangerous.  Several times a year a story would appear in the local newspaper about someone who was killed or seriously injured while changing their oil in the garage or out in the …
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With more than 2,000 service centers in North America, Jiffy Lube® is the largest system of franchised and company-operated service centers in the fast lube industry, servicing approximately 24 million customers each year. Headquartered in Houston, Jiffy Lube® International is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Shell Oil Company.

Jiffy Lube® pioneered the fast oil change industry in 1979 by establishing the first drive-through service bay, providing customers with fast and professional maintenance service for their vehicles. Jiffy Lube® was created to fill a gap left by the departure of full service gas stations and the emergence of the self-serve model. It also accommodated the shift from the do-it-yourself oil change market (DIY) to the installed motor oil market, or do-it-for-me (DIFM). Over the next two decades, more than half the growth in the installed market went to fast lubes.

In addition to its pioneering business model, Jiffy Lube® is also responsible for some of the major advances in automotive preventive maintenance service.

Jiffy Lube® introduced the now-ubiquitous window cling reminder sticker to help drivers keep track of their oil change intervals.

Jiffy Lube® also uses state-of-the-art computing technology to educate customers about vehicle maintenance services, share customers' maintenance histories across its network, and provide services that satisfy vehicle manufacturers' warranty requirements. This gives drivers the ...

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