The fast oil change and automotive service industry is comprised from a diverse group of automotive professionals and businesses working every day to keep America's cars running. Every year, NOLN takes the time to research, identify and rank the top auto service chains in the nation.
Before examining the rankings it is important to first define the terms we use in this report. NOLN classifies a "fast lube" facility as any business that derives the majority of its sales from quick, convenient oil changes and other automotive preventative maintenance services that can be done in 30 minutes or less.
NOLN classifies shops that have dual profit centers, like a car wash/fast lube, co-branded facilities, tire stores or dealerships with quick service lanes as "lube plus" shops. Muffler shops, auto repair shop and mass merchant retailers are also classified in this category.
For the purpose of this study, a "chain" is any six or more fast lube facilities owned by the same company/individual/business entity and/or operated under the same or similar signage. For example, a brand like Shell Rapid Lube, which is actually comprised from individual owner/operators who have entered into an agreement with Shell to use Rapid Lube signage, is grouped together as a chain.
The information NOLN publishes was reported to us directly from the companies we contacted or from independent third-party sources we deem reliable.
Whether independent, company-owned or franchised, these shops and chains represent local men and women who work every day to keep communities running.
View the 2019 TOPS in the Industry Rankings.