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When should I get an oil change?
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Many Americans grew up being told by relatives and oil change stations that car owners need a change every 3,000 miles. Drivers were told that going too far over that mark could result in dire consequences to your car.

Fortunately, this is one debate the internet was made to resolve. Not all cars need oil changes at the same time, and like many things in life, it’s a bit more complicated than one simple answer for all cars on the road. The older conventional wisdom that said 3,000 miles for conventional oil and 6,000 miles for synthetic oil is simply misleading. Drivers should have a more accurate and realistic idea of how often they should take their car in for an oil change.


Changing your oil every 3,000 miles on some models is too often, as your car can likely go for much longer than that before needing an oil change. The 3,000 number comes from a suggestion to older models in the 70s and 80s, thus it doesn’t apply to most car models made in the past 15 years. Engine efficiency and technology has also improved to get the most out of new oil in a vehicle, adding distance and value to every oil change.

Most car manufacturers recommend less frequent changes since that number has essentially become an exaggeration created to sell more oil changes. Yes, the sticker that oil change stations put on your car when you drive away is a bad suggestion that will cost you more money in the long run with little added benefit.

Drivers should also know there are two oil options for cars: synthetic and conventional. Both operate the same with only two key differences: synthetic oil lasts longer and operates better under extreme conditions (especially cold weather). In short, synthetic oil is a higher performance oil that costs a bit more at the cash register but can offer the added value of time for drivers wanting less frequent changes. The reason is that synthetic oil has lower volatility than conventional oil, and is less affected by the normal wear and tear of driving.

This allows for many drivers to wait an entire year for their oil changes since drivers can realistically go closer to 12,000 miles, which is twice as long as the previous 6,000 mile recommendation. This is good news for drivers who keep their mileage under 10,000 miles a year.

Where is the best place to learn the oil change frequency of your vehicle? Your owner’s manual. There you will find the type of oil, filter, and how many miles in between oil changes you should burn off before you change the car’s oil. Typically newer models can go for longer without an oil change, and many do so because they are synthetic oil-only vehicles.


The good news is that going to your dealership for repairs has become a more popular option since dealerships are more interested in the overall health of the vehicle, and not just to change the oil as fast as possible then move to the next vehicle in line. Texas Auto Sales Automotive Service views an oil change as a maintenance item among many that will maintain the health of a vehicle. This is a better approach to maintenance when looking for a more comprehensive automotive service appointment.

Oil change stations can be a good option for informed drivers who know a more realistic time frame for oil changes, and for drivers that can ward off unnecessary upsells from the sales rep at some of these stations. Unfortunately, they’re also likely to make money from added repairs that drivers sometimes don’t need at all. This makes going to a dealership mechanic a better option since an oil change and a basic tune-up/diagnostic check can happen which could catch potential issues before they become worse.


Texas Auto Sales strives to bring the best auto mechanic service to our car buyers, and we offer great service deals to car shoppers in the Corpus Christi area. Texas Auto Sales knows that excellent service from beginning to end is a benefit to everyone in the car buying process, and we love to make drivers happier on the road with well maintained cars. Get in touch with Texas Auto Sales today at (361)-356-7409 to schedule a maintenance appointment, or purchase a new or used car from our used car dealership in Corpus Christi, TX. We look forward to hearing from you!

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