Hammer Time: Black Friday 2010

Steven Lang
by Steven Lang
hammer time black friday 2010

What can you do with a $20 bill these days? Lunch with a friend? Movie tickets? Perhaps a newfound garden weasel that is being sold on national TV. If you’re cheap enough, you can actually take care of your car’s routine maintenance for quite a long time. Thanks to the consumerist Christmas known as Black Friday the season to be cheap is upon us. For instance…

Pep Boys are the absolute kings of Black Friday. Last year they offered 5 quarts of API SM motor oil AND a store brand filter for $5. This time they are offering Purolator Classics, Castrol GTX, and selling the same exact package for $1 more (Limit two). If you happen drive 10k to 15k a year this may be all the oil you’ll ever need for 2011.

What about coolant? How about $1 a gallon. You can buy two of those as well. Champion spark plugs are free with the rebate and you get 16 of those. Prostop brakes which often run at $50+ for the premiums set are only $10.99. Last year I bought all the above for both our cars along with a 10 x 20 Canopy for $49 which seems to be holding up pretty well. For the Best & Brightest who are already DIY folk, you may indeed be able to keep your commuter car going for the price of lunch.

This is my short list of other good deals below or click here for a more extensive list. You also have a variety of tire deals, Amazon, Walmart, and the usual discount codes at Advance Auto Parts (up to 40% off)

Ace Hardware:

12 Volt Tire Inflator $7.99

Best Buy:

Pioneer – 50W x 4 MOSFET Apple® iPod®-Ready CD Deck with Detachable Faceplate $79.99

(Wal-mart or Amazon may have this one cheaper).


DieHard 10/2A Battery Charger at Kmart $22.99

(This one is an automatic charger.)


Plus Start Automotive Batteries – $49.98 (1 yr. replacement / 5 yr. Pro-rated)


Spectrum (same as SuperTech) Motor Oil – $1.39


Truck Box – $98


12′ 10-Gauge Booster Cable – $3.99

2 Pack 8′ Ratcheting Tiedowns – $3.99

2 Ton Jack & Jack Stands – $24.99

75 Watt Inverter – $5.88

Seat Cover – $9.99


GM Performance Parts 2-ton Jack with Stands and Creeper – $49.99

WeatherHandler 44pc Auto Safety Kit – $9.97

True Value:

300W Jump Starter – $19.97

4-Pc. Auto Floor Mats – $4.97

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  • Jacob Jacob on Nov 23, 2010

    $79 iPod ready CD decks are not news. You can have them before and after the Black Friday week. They're a good value, as long as you don't care about the quality of the sound. Most don't have a full set of preamp output connectors and the built in amp is crap. Do not believe the numbers. That's peak watt output. This means that it will sound like crap when connected to 50 watt speakers. This particular Pioneer outputs about 14 Watts RMS power (continuous), which is actually lower than JVCs 20 watts for example at the same price. So, its sound good enough for a radio talk show, or some music, but only but a very moderate volume level.. A unit with a full set of preamp connectors will cost closer to $150, and still have a crap amplifier though, but at least you have the connectors to connect a good amp.

  • Friedclams Friedclams on Nov 24, 2010

    I'm still waiting for a ScanGuage to go on sale somewhere. Haven't found one for less than $150.

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