Caltex Delo 400, price variations

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 16:46
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Those of you that use this oil, may find this interesting.

I always supply my own oil when having my vehicles serviced. I use Delo 400 for the LC 100 TD

(Obvious benefits are that you get top class oil in the motor and it costs about half what the dealer will charge for lesser oil. Furthermore if you travel and have the vehicle serviced in different locations, you get to use the same oil.)

Yesterday I found I had to buy oil for my next service. I headed off to the Caltex depot, about 15 kms away and on the way called in at a Caltex service station, thinking what the hell, I'll pick up a couple of 5 litres. They were priced at $49.95! I even took 1 to the counter to check if there was a mistake. NO - price correct. I replaced it on the shelf and continued to the depot.

I bought a 20 litre drum for $92, which was actually cheaper than the last drum I bought.

As a matter of interest I priced the 5 litre containers at the depot and was quoted $34.50.

I find the variation in these prices unbelievable. How much can a plastic bottle cost? Even allowing for extra filling and handling it seems a bit rich!
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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 19:53

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 19:53
I started using Delo 400 in my old tractor and old truck on my hobby farm after I inherited some - the local cement works buy Delo 400 in 200 litre drums for their fleet of concrete trucks. When finished they put the empty drums on the footpath for anyone to take. Wanting a spare drum I picked one up and it still had about 25 litres on new oil in the bottom.
Then I checked it out and realised it is a very high quality oil apparently - I could have used it in the LC.

I have always found service stations pretty expensive - they are for emergency shopping only I reckon. Go to the depot for the best deals.

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Reply By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 19:54

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 19:54
I paid $92 for my drum also from Caltex S/E, the servo's are thieves for the 5ltr packs. i found the same $49.95 for the multigrade or 400. anything that is bought in the servo shops are inflated quite considerably. the diff,transfer and trans oils are very reasonable from the bulk suppliers as well
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Reply By: Falco80 - Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 21:34

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 at 21:34
Same story here. I use to get my Delo 400 multigrade from the local caltex servo for $40 per 5L container. I started to think that 80 bucks worth of oil per oil change was a bit steep! I did a bit of "googling" and found that i can pick up 20L drums for $99, problem solved!
I agree that servos' should only be used for emergency items. There prices are blatantly inflated!
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 08:31

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 at 08:31
I find NSW prices are $108 a 20lt. drum and Qld. $86.
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