Havoline Loyalty Rewards Rebate Starts September 1st

The Havoline Loyalty Rewards Rebate begins September 1 and runs through October 31, 2022. This 60-day consumer offer features the new Havoline PRO-RS Renewable Full Synthetic line with a healthy $15 rebate. By focusing only on Havoline full synthetics and Techron, one goal of this promotion was simplification – to make it easier for greeters to explain, for consumers to understand, and therefore improve upselling to full synthetics.

How it works?

  • Customers must purchase a qualifying service at the installer’s location.
  • Installer will staple the rebate coupon to the top of their customer’s service receipt and inform them to fill their rebate claim online.
  • The customer will receive a negotiable check by mail 4-6 weeks after their valid claim is processed. This check is made payable to the installer’s location – driving them back to their location!
  • The customer returns to their service location to use the check towards the purchase of another Havoline oil change service within 180 days of the check issue date.
  • The installer will accept check as partial payment of the service and will deposit the check.
  • Consumer claim deadline: November 15, 2022.

IMPORTANT: Mailed claims are not allowed, and installers are prohibited from filing online claims on behalf of the customer.

The top 5 sites in consumer claims will receive Havoline hats for their employees. The owner of the #1 site in consumer claims will receive a Chevron pop-up tent, a $650 value. Please read the Havoline Loyalty Rewards Rebate flyer for details.

Chevron will provide free digital promotional materials for off-site local advertising (which helps acquire new customers). Without off-site advertising, the offer only rewards customer retention. As a reminder, the Havoline Installer Co-op Advertising Program exists to encourage local site advertising by helping to offset some of the cost with 2022 co-op funds, for applicable customers.

What is your role?

  • Understand the details of the promotion
  • Budget, plan and commit to local advertising of the promotion
  • Use the free digital promotional materials in their local advertising
  • Communicate and set expectations and goals with store employees
  • Execute – make every customer aware of the featured products
  • Monitor results against stated goals, provide positive feedback, adjust as needed

For more questions on the Havoline Loyalty Rewards Rebate, contact your Greg’s Petroleum Service rep today!

Is Biodiesel a viable fuel alternative?

Diesel prices are at record highs; for some businesses, the fuel prices are becoming too much. It’s time to find an alternative for your diesel needs. The answer might be biodiesel. One of the most diverse fuel sources, biodiesel is created from a blend of feedstocks, animal fats, soybean oil, and even used cooking oil. These feed sources provide an excellent base for renewable and clean-burning biofuel.

So what is biodiesel exactly?
To create fuel-grade biodiesel, it must meet the same specifications as regular diesel fuel. Technically speaking, biodiesel is “a fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long-chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, designated B100, and meeting the requirements of ASTM D 6751.” However, biodiesel is also available blended with regular petroleum-based diesel fuel. In this case, it’s designated as BXX, with XX outlining how much biodiesel is present in the blend. The most common biodiesel fuel blend is B20, which contains 6-20% biodiesel. Another standard blend is B5, which has only 5% biodiesel products.

Who can use biodiesel products?
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) defines the standards for fuel usage. Their fuel standards help guide equipment manufacturers as they design engines, machinery, and the fuels and lubricants in them. Biodiesel has had a full ASTM standard since 2001 with the designation of D-6751. This standard allows B100 or pure biodiesel to be blended with petroleum-based diesel up to 20% or B20. Anything higher than that is usually on a case-by-case basis.

So typically, when discussing how we use biodiesel now, we usually refer to biodiesel blends like B20 or B5 since these are more commonly used. Most major engine companies allow their machinery to use biodiesel blends up to B2O without the owner voiding the parts or warranty on the equipment. They may require that the biodiesel meets the ASTM D-6751 standard. B20 and lower blend biodiesels can be used as a replacement fuel for petroleum-based diesel without having to make engine modifications. Many fleet owners, vehicles, farming equipment, or heavy-duty equipment now use biodiesel blends. More than 78% of diesel vehicles being built today are approved for B20 use.

What are the benefits of using biodiesel?
The number one benefit of using biodiesel products is that it’s better for the environment. The Alternative Fuels Data Center says, “Using biodiesel reduces life cycle emissions because the carbon dioxide released from biodiesel combustion is offset by the carbon dioxide absorbed from growing soybeans or other feedstocks used to produce the fuel. Life cycle analysis completed by Argonne National Laboratory found that B100 use reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 74% compared with petroleum diesel.” Additionally, the National Biodiesel Board has found that:

  • Biodiesel use reduces greenhouse gases by 86%
  • Lowers hydrocarbon emissions by 67%

It’s not only the environment that benefits from the use of biodiesel. It’s also healthier for us. A recent study found that switching to 100% biodiesel in 28 transportation or home heating oil sectors could provide immediate health benefits, including:

  • Reducing asthma cases per year by nearly 456,000
  • Reducing nearly 9,500 cancer cases over 70 years
  • Preventing almost 910 premature deaths per year
  • A total savings of $7.7 billion in healthcare costs per year

Clean Fuels Alliance CEO Donell Rehagen says of these findings, “We have always known that biodiesel offers a better and cleaner alternative to petroleum diesel. This study quantifies the health benefits and shows that by using renewable fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel, we are bringing positive changes to people’s lives, the nation’s health, and the economy.”

What is the downside of biodiesel?
Biodiesel is an exciting and potentially game-changing fuel source, but it’s not perfect. There is still a long way to go before our engines use B100 fuel. For now, we primarily use biodiesel blends, which don’t have as significant an environmental impact as 100% biodiesel. So what exactly is holding biodiesel back?

  • Cold weather issues: One of the drawbacks of biodiesel fuels is that it tends to gel in freezing temperatures faster than petroleum-based diesel. This effect may make it harder for colder regions to adopt widespread biodiesel usage as it’s not as reliable for operators during the winter months.
  • It takes more water to produce. You need water to grow the feedstock and crops necessary to adopt widespread biodiesel usage. As more people adopt biodiesel usage, the water demands may pressure resources, especially in areas like California that are already struggling with drought and water management conditions.
  • It could increase the cost of food. Biodiesel and biofuels may increase growing demands for crops like corn and soybeans, which are widely used in biofuel production. If more farmers turn to grow biofuel crops, it may raise the price of other crops and increase food security in certain regions. However, increased biofuel crop growth could also lead to widespread deforestation and increased fertilizer demand, affecting food security and prices.

These are only a few of the drawbacks of biofuel usage. There are more, including some technical challenges, that may also affect widespread biofuel adoption by the general public. But as research and industry acceptance grows, solutions for these problems will be found. The reality is that biofuel is a growing industry and movement, especially here in the US. Right now, there are over 125 plants grown that are approved for biodiesel usage, and billions of gallons are produced here each year.

Biodiesel may be the answer
Everyone is looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and fuel costs. Biodiesel and biofuel products may be an alternative that can help. If you have questions about biodiesel usage or want to try it, call your Greg’s Petroleum Service representative. We are happy to help you find the right fuel and lubricant products for all your business needs!

Price Increase Announcement August 2022

Please be advised that Chevron Lubricants and Valvoline have announced a price increase, of up to 12% on all lubricating oils and greases, due to increasing costs of raw materials and packaging impacting the manufacturing of their products. Specific products may vary in certain instances in amounts outside of this range.

This increase is primarily due to the global and regional imbalances in the supply and demand of raw materials the petroleum industry is experiencing. These imbalances have rapidly escalated base oil costs and additives, which historically is one of the main drivers responsible for rising prices of finished lubricants. In addition to raw material increases, we are also dealing with much longer lead times and difficulties securing haulers to transfer product as well as facing rising costs associated with both inbound and outbound freight.

These factors make managing costs and implementing price changes an exceedingly challenging task under current market conditions. With costs moving up at a record pace, price increases announced today can easily and repetitively be eclipsed by raw material, transportation and other costs increasing tomorrow.

This increase is consistent with moves by most other lubricant suppliers in the same period. Please see the link listing recent changes reported by JobbersWorld.

We regret having to pass this increase on to you, but rest assured, we are always working hard to control costs and deliver quality products and valuable service at competitive prices. You can count on us not just as a trusted partner but as an extension of your team, continuing to provide ways to help save on overall costs, so we can maximize your profits and efficiencies.

As always, we greatly appreciate your continued business and partnership. For questions on this price increase, please contact your Greg’s Petroleum Service sales rep today.

Introducing the new Havoline Full Synthetic Multi-Vehicle ATF transmission fluid!

When you learned to drive a car, was it a stick shift or an automatic transmission? It used to be common for people to learn to drive by stalling out the clutch and wrenching back and forth between gears until you learned to transition smoothly while driving, but now that’s not the case. In fact, according to CarMax, 96% of Americans drive automatic vehicles today. In 2018, manual vehicles accounted for only 2% of all cars sold in the US!

As a fleet manager or business owner, you’re probably getting more vehicles in your fleet with automatic engines now than you used to. It might just be because most newer vehicles are automatic, or maybe it’s because most of your staff only know how to drive automatic vehicles. Whatever the reason, if you have more automatic vehicles in your fleet, it’s time to switch to products designed for these types of engines, especially for transmission fluid.

Introducing the new Havoline® Full Synthetic Multi-Vehicle ATF transmission fluid
If you’re looking for a quality transmission fluid compatible with several automatic engine models, the new Havoline® Full Synthetic Multi-Vehicle transmission fluid is a great find. Chevron designed this transmission fluid to combine the power of synthetic lubrication for a wider variety of vehicles. This product stands out compared to Chevron’s previous synthetic ATF fluid because it is licensed for both GM DEXRON®- VI and Ford MERCON® -LV specifications. Meeting the specifications for both these engine types allows this fluid to be used on a wide variety of vehicles here in North America. If you service multiple engine types or have different brands in your fleet, this one fluid will meet all your transmission needs.

Features of the Havoline® Full Synthetic Multi-Vehicle ATF
So what exactly is it that makes this transmission fluid stand out? For one, it’s a premium low viscosity, full synthetic formulation. It’s made with high purity synthetic base oils, which helps prevent foaming and will protect the transmission from wear, corrosion, and sludge formation. But it’s more than just superior protection for your transmission. It also:

  • It exceeds the Japanese performance standards, JASO 1A-LV, which means that it’s suitable for use in Japanese and Korean model vehicles.
  • It’s also backward compatible with General Motor DEXRON -III, DEXRON -II, and Dexron engine specifications, which means that it’s recommended for use in many leading car brands, including Toyota, Hyundai, and other import and domestic vehicles.
  • It helps improve fuel economy by reducing transmission drag and increasing efficiency.
  • It reduces maintenance costs by offering high-temperature protection and anti-oxidation properties.
  • It reduces the need for additional additives or lubricant products.
  • It helps maintain friction control, so the transmission shifts gears easier, even under extreme driving conditions.
  • It retains fluid viscosity at high temperatures and under demanding operating conditions, so you can trust that it will last and continue working.

What are the downsides of the Havoline® Full Synthetic Multi-Vehicle ATF?
If there is one downside to this product, it’s that it’s designed for newer engines, so it’s only backward compatible for transmissions to a 2006 model year. In addition, the fluid is designed to work best with vehicles still under warranty to keep their transmissions in great shape. But for older vehicles, Chevron still has the answer, their Havoline® Global Multi-Vehicle ATF fluid. This synthetic transmission fluid offers many of the same benefits as the newer blend but works better with older engines with different engine technology and standards. Like the newer product line, this ATF fluid is recommended for use in import vehicle brands and can be used in various vehicle models.

Automatic engines are the future (at least in the US)
One of the most significant advantages of the Havoline® Full Synthetic Multi-Vehicle ATF transmission fluid is its compatibility with many vehicles. If you own a quick lube business, imagine how much easier it would make changing out transmission fluid for your customers? Instead of hunting all over the shop for a compatible fluid, you’d have one quality, synthetic fluid available for all your customer’s needs. That’d be pretty handy!

Here in the United States, automatic transmission are the leading engine type since 2012, according to data from the EPA. New engine improvements, including adding more gears to automatic transmissions, have made them more efficient. These engines respond much faster than they used to, so you can still get the same responsiveness you’re used to when driving a manual vehicle. These shifts have made it much more challenging to buy a new vehicle with a manual transmission in the United States compared to Europe, where manual transmissions are still standard for most vehicles. Ivan Drury, a senior analyst for Edmunds.com, predicts that most dealers will eventually completely phase out manual transmissions in the US. He says, “For automakers, it will be simpler when the manual dies. It’s kind of a hassle to them to offer both, same with dealer. Given market forces, it’s going to go away.”

The shift from manual to automatic transmissions and the engine changes that came with it pushed Chevron to create a powerful synthetic transmission fluid that works for many vehicles. The research team at Chevron is always looking for new and innovative ways to bring the best fuel and lubricant products to the market based on the latest technology. This transmission fluid is just another example of their ingenuity!

Order all your lubricant and shop fluids from Greg’s Petro!
Choosing the proper lubricant and automotive fluids supplies isn’t easy, but the right supplies can improve your engine performance and keep your vehicles in great shape for years to come. As a fuel and lubricant supplier, we offer a wide range of lubricants and automotive supplies for all your vehicle needs. We have nearly everything you’d need to keep your shop stocked for your fleet or your customer’s needs. So if you want to make ordering your automotive and lubricant supplies easier, contact your Greg’s Petroleum Service representative today. They can help you get started with your regular order and offer lubricant and fuel recommendations based on your needs.