The first Jiffy Lube was established by Edwin H. Washburn in 1971 in Ogden, Utah.
Washburn franchised 6 locations between 1971 and 1979.
In 1979 W. James Hindman bought out the 7 locations, established Jiffy Lube International, and moved the company’s headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland.
Jiffy Lube went public in 1987 and had over 1,000 locations by 1989.
In 1998 Pennzoil and Quaker State merged and the 581 Q Lube locations were merged into Jiffy Lube.
Pennzoil-Quaker State was acquired by Shell Oil in 2002.
Today, Jiffy Lube is a chain that offers oil changes and other automotive services through over 2,000 locations in North America.
The company has had several problems with Jiffy Lube franchises, especially in the Los Angeles area, charging for work that was not done or for doing work that was against manufacturer recommendations.
In 2022, the company announced that it would help car owners fight back against catalytic converter thieves by engraving the part(s) with the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the converter, discouraging theft.
Jiffy Lube maintains a corporate office in Houston, Texas.