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#143343 - 07/09/05 09:48 AM Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Rob Taggs Offline

Registered: 09/08/04
Posts: 807
Loc: Lansing , Kansas
I just saw today that there is Auto Zone brand motor oil now. Who makes it?

#143344 - 07/09/05 12:12 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Cutehumor Offline

Registered: 12/10/02
Posts: 9328
Loc: USA
do you mean valuecraft? probably coastal

#143345 - 07/09/05 05:48 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Rob Taggs Offline

Registered: 09/08/04
Posts: 807
Loc: Lansing , Kansas

No this is labeled AutoZone motor oil. It comes
in an orange plastic bottle.

#143346 - 07/09/05 08:24 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
oilcan Offline

Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 128
I have always been able to ask the store and they have always told me or where to get the info.

#143347 - 07/09/05 10:20 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
mdocod Offline

Registered: 07/06/05
Posts: 610
Loc: Colorado, US
good question

but if it's like advance autoparts.. They told me their "advance brand" oil is actually made and bottled by penzoil. wouldn't suprise me if other parts-store name oils were also made and bottled by penz or QS.

#143348 - 07/09/05 11:19 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
kevz Offline

Registered: 08/04/04
Posts: 93
Loc: oakland, CA
Is it at least SL rated?

#143349 - 07/09/05 03:43 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
GrtArtiste Offline

Registered: 11/29/03
Posts: 516
Loc: Ohio
The oil may be made by Pennzoil, but it's likely to have a lesser additive package, so it's won't be the "same" as Pennzoil. Probably an ok product though. How much do they sell it for?

#143350 - 07/09/05 05:15 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Anthony Offline

Registered: 09/23/04
Posts: 469
Loc: ga
Advance oil is produced by coastal.
Cant speak for autozone but wouldnt be suprised if theres was to.

#143351 - 07/09/05 06:19 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Mike_dup1 Offline

Registered: 11/17/02
Posts: 3012
Loc: USA-Michigan
Oil is just another commodity to these big store chains and the cheapest oil makes them the most profit.

They only care about price, thats the only way they can compete with the name brands. They are going to have an oil that meets min. specs but meeting specs and being as good as major brands is all to often not the same thing. If you want something better, they have the more expensive brand names to chose from. But they are counting on you being more interested in price and buying thier house brand especially when they imply or let you assume its made by a well know company, so it must be the very same.

So, who makes it means nothing. People assume because name brand X makes this product its the exact same as the same prodcut name brand X sells. If you believe that, you could wrong 100% of the time.

#143352 - 07/09/05 08:56 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Locomotive Offline

Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 124
Loc: Kansas City
The manager at my Advance auto said their house brand was havoline oil put into advance auto bottles. He also said fwiw he wouldnt put penzoil into any engine, but penz is their best seller.

#143353 - 07/10/05 09:12 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Gary Allan Offline

Registered: 09/28/02
Posts: 39806
Loc: Pottstown, PA
I don't know if I totally agree with that, Mike. This isn't a case of an "Outlet line" of Guess, Gap, Tommy, etc. This is just a bottling/label issue. The advantage that the chain has is that they can manipulate the name brand price so that their label will always be cheaper. WallMart does it do all the rest. I suppose that they are a big enough customer that they could get a cheaper blended oil put in the bottle ..but they don't have to. If you go to American Refining Group, you'll see that they indeed with custom blend and package anything you want. I would doubt that they're going to put a label on their that doesn't list the spec's ..nor to I think Advanced Auto or AZ is going to know how to spec oil blends to "just meet" SL or SJ spec's. I think that it's just a relabeling of the lowest contract bidder deal.

#143354 - 07/09/05 10:01 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
drive it forever Offline

Registered: 09/03/04
Posts: 843
Loc: Grove City, OH
Who makes it meens little. I work at a Wal-mart distribution center and alot of the cheaper products marketed by Wal-mart under the "Great Value" name etc.. are more often then not made by large companys say like Kraft... . As an example, do you think the Great Value mayo is as good or the same thing as Kraft mayo even though Kraft makes the Great Value mayo for them?

#143355 - 07/10/05 05:40 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
Willy_G Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 350
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
The orange bottles in central Indiana AZs have the notorious WPP on the bottom!

#143356 - 07/10/05 11:37 PM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
tmorris1 Offline

Registered: 07/15/03
Posts: 2112
Loc: MN
Any experience I have had with store managers is that they don't have a clue who makes the stuff. Most barely have a clue about any of the parts that they are selling either. There is nothing worse than somebody that can't say "I don't know, but I will try to find out for you." Usually they spew some BS to make it sound like they know what they are talking about. This is just my experience, so if you are a store manager and really know your stuff then don't take offense.

#143357 - 07/11/05 12:54 AM Re: Auto Zone Motor Oil -Who makes it?
LVHospiceRN Offline

Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 274
Loc: Sin City, Las Vegas, NV
When ya go into a AutoZone, if you just buy the German Castrol, it doesn't matter...

just my observation, ymmv...

sin city

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