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Market share of motor oil companies in the U.S. 2018

Pennzoil was the 2018 market leader among motor oil brands in United States fast lubes, with a market share of 39 percent, up from second place with a market share of 18 percent the year previous. In second place was Valvoline, with a 22 percent share of the market.

Fast lubes in the United States

Fast lubes refer to the automobile fuel and fluid maintenance shops that provide quick services such as oil changes to customers. As of April 2018, semi-synthetic oil changes were the most common type of oil change performed in U.S. fast lubes. In second place were conventional oil changes. Among synthetic motor oils, Pennzoil was also the leading brand sold in U.S. fast lubes, at a market share of 38 percent in 2018.

U.S. motor oil industry

Motor oil is made up of an assortment of substances that consist of base oils that are strengthened with additives. There are a variety of weights and grades of motor oils available, each suited to different types of vehicles. In 2018, motor oil 5W-30 accounted for 36 percent of the sales in U.S. fast lube shops. 5W-20 made up 20 percent of the sales in U.S. fast lube shops, and OW-20 made up 13 percent of sales. It is estimated that in 2018 U.S. motor oil consumption amounted to 567 million gallons in the private sector, and it is forecast to decrease to 561 million gallons in 2024.

Market share of motor oils in fast lubes in the United States in 2018 by company

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Release date

November 2018


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

1,700 respondents

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

This statistic is based on 1,700 facilities surveyed, including operators in all 50 U.S. states. Please note that the categorization of companies, brands and labels is not the same every year.

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