Oil prices

Oil prices

Any suggestion where I can get the best prices on a case of Shell 100 Plus and 15W-50?  I am in Salisbury, NC, and not opposed to having it shipped or picking it up within 75mi. radius.

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Re: Oil prices

I would suggest that you suport your local FBO even if the price is a little more expensive. After all, you want these guys to be around when you need them, don't you?

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I would, and always have, but they are killing us on prices at this time.

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I get my Shell 15w-50 from a Shell distributor in my home town. Still costs about $3 per quart.
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That price of around of $3.00 p/qt. for 15w-50 sounds real good.  Can you give me the name of your distributor?

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Hi Will,
My distributor is Enmart Oil co. in Luray, VA. Their price today is $45.90 for a 12 qt. case. I think you have to pay a 5% sales tax, too.
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Hi Will,
This is a bit more than $3 per qt. It seems that the price of regular oil has risen along with the gas price since last fall. Oh well!!
Glenn

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Re: Oil prices

The price of AeroShell W100 is about $25.00 per 12qt case. May be a bit cheaper at Sam's CLubs' when available.


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Re: Oil prices

I have a question.
I'm a new owner of a 67 C172 H and I'm not sure what's the best oil for it. the engine has 580 Hrs and I was told to use aeroshell 100W but other people told me to use Phillips 20 50, do you know what the difference is and which one I should use.
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I would try to use what has been previously used at the prior oil changes since Overhaul. Usually a recomendation from the overhaul shop.

Chances are no matter what is said there will be pros and cons on the subject of what oil(brand and type) to use. The best thing to do in any case is to Fly it often and change the oil and filter regularly at 30-50 hours, and an oil analysis won't hurt either. Clean oil and filter is cheap compared to an overhaul due to trying to save a few dollars on an oil change interval. Oil, Filter and analysis kit about $40.


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Re: Oil prices

I get my oil at Sam's Club.  They usually have it in stock and I think it's less than $30 a case.  (My wife usually gets it for me).  We get a couple of cases at a time and they've had it every time I needed to restock.

I agree with supporting the FBO.  I do that by buying my fuel, paying the hangar rent, and buying charts as I need them.  I draw the line at oil!  smile

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Re: Oil prices

Bill:
I did change the oil with 100w which it was used by the previous mechanic. I think I'm going to do like you recommend and use that same oil at least until the next overhaul.

Kevin:
I'm going to start buying it from SAM's Club as well, it seems like a good price.
I also agree with supporting the FBO but I already use their gas and I belive I'm paying enough for a tie down space, $100/month. As soon as I finish my instructions I'm moving to another airport, only 15 minutes away and is only $50/month. Some FBOs don't look at the long run and rather take alot of money now instead of keeping aviation affordable.

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FBOs prices vary depending on the local economics and there desire to maintain a profit margin that is as high as the market will bear or that some feel is reasonble (whatever that means).  I don't ever remember telling my customers they are paying me too much.  I find a lot of customers want me to work for less.  Some businesses (avionic shops for example) don't even want to deal with me because I only have a C172 and not buying $10,000 in avionic equipment.  Recently, I've seen gas prices at FBOs vary for 100LL from $2.60 to $4.50 per gallon.  So why is it up to the individual owner to buy gas at the $4.50 price instead of the $2.60.  I think we should buy at the $2.60 per gallon because obviously they need the money more than someone who would have the gall to charge the outlandish prices.  So how did this become a moral concern.  Yes, we all want FBOs to remain.  I don't, however, want them to remain at any price. The US has maintained prices as low as possible and business find a way to survive and even flourish.  By doing this we make it possible for more people to enjoy aviation.  I say we need to continue to do what we can to keep things affordable.  Unfortunately, that means that some folks, very good people, end up needing to find a new way to make a living.  That just seems to be the way it is.  If we go to a different form of economic system then soon nobody will be able to afford to fly.


Now, what does this have to do with the price of oil?  I can't find it at BJ's.

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Barry:
I agree with you.
BJ's does not have the oil only SAM's has it. Try talking to local pilots, you may find that distribution warehouses may be close by and they sell it for much less. 
Jaime
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miami, Florida

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I stopped at RDU at the FBO that charges $4+ per gallon.  Here's the service I got in there very modern facility.  I was greated by a line man who parked and tied down my plane.  They drove me to the Terminal to pickup my wife and bring her back to the facility.  Due to weather, we went to dinner using a free crew car, which was a 2005 Elantra.  The flight planning facilities and pilot lounge was first class.  While I was waiting for my wife's flight to get in, they kept me abreast of the progress of her commercial flight. People were helpful and friendly, a real pleasure.

All of the above was free of charge and didn't even need fuel, since I landed with 4 hours left in my tank.  At the $2.60 per gallon, FBO the fuel was self service, people were very nice and they offered to drive us in to town if we wanted something to eat.  The facilities were sparse, but adequate.

I now understand that both facilities provided a fair service for the prices they charge.  I would definitely visit each again.

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I had heard about Sams selling aviation oil, but the closest one to me, in Kannapolis, NC, did not have aviation oil.  Also, I would really like to get the Shell 100PLUS, not just the Shell 100.  Does anyone know of a Sams in the NC area close to me that may carry aviation oil?

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Our local oil distributor (Team Petroleum-Fort Collins, CO) has been VERY GOOD about keeping case prices low, however, they got caught with a warehouse full of cases at the peak of oil pricing.  I used to pay $65/case for 4 gallons of A.S. 15W-50, they now want $95+.  Said the price would remain up there until they sold off their inventory.

FBO is a good place to start, but realize the FBO has to pay overhead, salaries, and make a profit to boot, so price will include a "convenience factor".  For all other things (tires, maintenance, etc), no problem, but for oil and oil filters, I'm looking for less expensive because I do all the work myself on oil/filter changes (approved--as owner/operator).

So--off to Sam's or somewhere else close by where the prices are (still) more reasonable.  Playing the 100LL fuel price game results in $2.60 SS 15 minutes away, -vs- $4.19 at local FBO (where the service is awesome, but I like to fill my own tanks...and they don't provide that option here).

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