How often should I change the oil in my car?
Putting off maintenance can mean bad things for your car. An oil change is just one of the many service items that will be needed over the course of your vehicle’s lifespan, and likely the most frequent service at that too. However, changing the oil too frequently is just a waste of money. So how often should you change the oil in your car? Read on to find out!
The rules on oil changes vary depending on who’s driving, where they’re driving, and how old the car is. Yes, that’s a lot of variables, but it’s not too hard to decipher the frequency in which you should have the oil changed. For cars older than 2008, it’s generally recommended that drivers change the oil every 3,000 miles. However, that number increases to about 5,000 to 7,500 miles for cars made after 2008. Cars that frequently drive in the city or in extreme hot or cold temperatures will need more frequent oil changes. For drivers who take good care of their vehicle and do mostly highway miles and in moderate temperatures, oil changes can be less frequent. If you decide to add synthetic oil to the engine, oil changes can be even less frequent (around 10,000 miles or more).
In order to figure out the exact number, it’s best to check the driver’s manual or consult with the dealership where you purchased the car. Learn more tips and tricks here on the blog for Van’s Honda or contact us to schedule a service appointment!