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Old 01-25-2018, 08:35 PM   #1
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Oil prices - it pays to shop

Changing our oil tomorrow so I went shopping for 30 wt and found a huge range. WestMarine was $27/gallon, Fisheries Supply was $22, locally through Coastal Farm and Supply $12.99, another Tractor supply was $13.25 and Costco stopped carrying 30 wt in my area. Saved a bunch by checking with Tractor supply businesses.
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:00 PM   #2
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Canadian tire heavy duty 30 21.99 for 5l so 16.65/gal. It is rebranded shell. I found cheaper in 20l bucket in walmart but never tried it asnot sure about where it come from.
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Old 01-25-2018, 09:07 PM   #3
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Shell Rotella T 30 wt was just under $14 a gallon at Walmart if memory serves me right.

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We live out in the sticks so Amazon prime works for my oil supply. Besides our dog loves it when we get deliveries since he gets a treat from the drivers.
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Call around. I found Rotilla in the 5-Gallon bucket even cheaper at one of the auto parts places (Pep Boys, Autozone, etc.; forget which one) than at WalMart and even the local fishermen's supply place.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:57 AM   #6
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I've seen the same Rotella oil that Walmart sells for $13.99 at a marina "ship's store" for $38.99. And yes, it's about $10 more at West Marine than at Walmart although you could ask for a price match.

When I set out on a cruise, I carry my oil and filters with me for however many changes I think I will need.
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I live at roads end in a small town and purchase oil (and other things like impellers) at the only Yanmar dealer in town, despite the extra cost. He's also been a great source of information, and you never know, I may need his services one day so being known to him and being on his good side seems like a smart idea!
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Murray,
Don’t need to be in a small town to make that work.
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I live at roads end in a small town and purchase oil (and other things like impellers) at the only Yanmar dealer in town, despite the extra cost. He's also been a great source of information, and you never know, I may need his services one day so being known to him and being on his good side seems like a smart idea!
My John Deere is just running out of warranty. My local dealer knows me on sight, smiles as he knows he's about to get a check. Oil, filters, impellers and a couple boat units worth of cruising spares has him always eager to answer questions and help, even when I'm a couple thousand miles away.

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It certainly pays to shop around. I wonít do business at Walmart simply because I donít like their business practices. I donít mind buying marine supplies from my local chandlery, even if I am paying a bit more. It keeps them in business and they provide service.

For things like engine parts or oil, I will shop around. However I will usually end up buying them at a local auto parts store. It may not be the cheapest but it is convenient and supports a local business. Surprisingly, I can usually find a sale at the parts store that makes it about as cheap as I could find most places.

Not that I mind buying online. I buy my anodes online as I can get just what I need and a decent price and it is much more convenient.
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