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March 2017

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14 NOLN | www.noln.net 10 years of same-store sales growth Valvoline Instant Oil Change results from 2007 through 2016, on a fiscal year basis, with new stores excluded until the completion of their first full fiscal year in operation. e fast oil change and automotive service industry is comprised of a diverse group of automotive professionals and businesses working every day to keep America's cars running. Every March, we take the time to research, identify and rank the top auto service chains in the nation. Before we examine the rankings, it is im- portant to first define the terms we use in this report. We classify a "fast lube" facili- ty as any business that derives the major- ity of its sales from quick, convenient oil changes and other automotive preventive maintenance services that can be done in less than 30 minutes. We classify shops that have dual profit centers, like a carwash/fast lube, co-brand- ed facilities, tire stores or dealerships with quick service lanes as "lube-plus" shops. Muffler shops, auto repair shops 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 Havoline xpress lube, which is acutally comprised of individual owner/operators who have entered into an agreement with Havoline to use xpress lube signage, is grouped together as a chain. Quite often, we run into independent lube operations that might own six or more of these branded shops. To avoid counting those facilities twice, we group them into a separate listing we call, "Asso- ciated Lube Chains." Of course, we can't review the 2017 Tops in the Industry data without thanking Val- voline for sponsoring the survey this year. Without their support, we are limited to what information we can publish in the magazine. e information we publish was report- ed to us directly from the companies we contacted or from independent third-par- ty sources we deem reliable. It is believed to be accurate and current as of January 31, 2017, unless otherwise noted. 2017 2017 Independent/ Fast Lube Lube+ Facility Signage/ Company Rank Rank Company Headquarters Owned Franchised 1 Goodyear Tire & Service Network Outlets, OH 1 588 2,006 2,594 2 Wal-Mart Auto Care Centers, AR 1 2,538 0 2,538 3 TBC Corp., FL 7 760 1,450 2,210 1 Jiffy Lube, TX 0 1,911 1,911 4 Firestone Complete Auto Care, IL 1,727 0 1,727 5 Monro Muffler Brake & Service, NY 8 1,086 0 1,086 2 Valvoline Instant Oil Change, KY 5 347 729 1,076 3 Pennzoil 10-Minute Oil Change, TX 1,050 0 1,050 TOP FAST LUBE AND LUBE + CHAINS OPERATING IN 2017 Total Operating 2/28/17 1 estimate 7 dba Tire Kingdom, NTB - National Tire and Battery, Merchant's Tire and Auto Centers, Big O Tires and Midas Auto Service Experts. 8 Also dba Mr. Tire, TreadQuarters Discount Tire and Autotire Car Care Center. 5 data as of December 31, 2016 2017 by Kelsey Carlson and Tammy Neal TOPS IN THE INDUSTRY

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