Recently, I received a note from a reader. He is a quick lube owner who asked me what I thought the quick lube market would look like in the next 10-20 years. Well, a question like that is like feeding red meat to a hungry lion! I have been active in the industry for nearly 60 years, and in that time I don’t think there have been any changes that even approach what the oil sales and service business is facing right now. It would be an understatement to say that he asked a very good question.
Since life is never simple, obviously, there is more than one opinion. There are the passionate environmentalists who believe that internal combustion engines (ICEs) should be immediately banned. On the other hand, there are some who believe (or hope) that this is a passing fancy and sanity will return along with better ICE technology. I think the reality is somewhere in the middle, so here’s my take as a “middle of the roader.”