AMSOIL Cost Analysis – It’s Cheaper Than You Think!
Many believe it’s a waste of money to use AMSOIL’s SSO synthetic motor oil, and I used to believe the same thing until I ran the numbers. Let me dispel this myth and break it down for you. This is only factoring in the cost of oil and filter, and if you have a mechanic change your oil, your savings will be much greater using AMSOIL. In addition, this is a cost analysis with the top of the line AMSOIL engine oil, and the savings could be even greater with the lower tier AMSOIL products.
These prices are from 2010. I will update this periodically to compensate for inflation.
I once used Chevron conventional oil in my Durango. The cost at the local store is 3.00 per quart (not including tax).
My Durango takes 5 quarts, so that is a total of $15 per oil change for oil. I also use a K&N filter, which costs $11.95 (round it to $12.00 even for simplicity), which brings my total to $27.00 for an oil change.
$27.00 per oil change.
It is recommended that I change this oil every 3k miles or 3 months, whichever comes first.
That would be $27.00 x 4 = $108 per year on oil changes with filter. Remember, this is a cheap conventional oil, and not a top of the line synthetic.
Now lets take a quick look at the costs of a premium synthetic oil like AMSOIL SSO. Its 1 year or 25,000 mile oil costs about $8.00 per quart (no tax) if you buy it by the case of 12, but lets use $9 per quart. That is about $45.00 per oil change. The filter, which also lasts 12 months or 25,000 miles costs another $13.00, for a total of $58.00 per year for oil changes.
So AMSOIL for 12 months = $58.00 compared to Chevron which costs $108. I could use a premium synthetic and save $50 dollars a year!
Lets say you let your car go 5K miles between oil changes with the conventional Chevron. That is still $54.00 a year for the Chevron, so you spend 4 dollars more a year for a premium synthetic and don’t have to deal with changing your oil every 5k miles!
But lets make this fair and compare a synthetic to a synthetic. How about Mobil One Extended Performance synthetic, good for 15,000 miles. This oil costs $8.00 per quart (rounded up a few cents and not including tax). For my car, that would cost $40.00 per oil change, just like AMSOIL, but, AMSOIL can go for 25,000 miles, so we need to double that too $80.00 + 2 filters at $13.00 per filter = $106 for two oil changes.
So, to take the mobile one to 25,000 miles, you have to pay $106.00 compared to the $58.00 for AMSOIL, yet again saving a total of $48.00 or nearly half of what you spend with Mobil 1.
Now, my math could be wrong, so if it is, please let me know, but as it looks right now, AMSOIL is a steal!
Now, not only is AMSOIL cheaper, it’s also better. Don’t believe me, check out this following study that names names. AMSOIL Testing Results