The Oil Change Dilemma
What Quality Oil Should I be Using?
AS A VEHICLE OWNER
Owning and maintaining a vehicle properly requires some thoughtful research and contemplation. One of the main considerations is oil changes. Most vehicle owners have no idea what oil their shop is using and don’t care – BUT THEY SHOULD! Quality of oil, and change intervals are the two most important factors when maintaining the most expensive component in your vehicle. Here are some things to consider about your manufacturer’s recommendations:
COST OF OWNERSHIP
The manufacturers tell you that you can go extended intervals between oil changes. Have you considered why? We have all see the commercials that tell us how lost the cost of ownership is on a particular vehicle. This advertising strategy sells cars. If we follow the oil change life indicator and only change the oil 3-4 times in the first 36,000 miles, the cost of ownership will be very low. Let’s face it – what other maintenance does a vehicle require in the first 3 years of 36,000 miles? Maybe a couple wiper blades and that’s all. The car company sells more cars and makes more money off of you! That does not mean it is always the best for your vehicle – it just helps sell vehicles.
WHEN VEHICLES FAIL, THE MANUFACTURERS SELL MORE VEHICLES!
Many people drive their vehicles 200,000 – 300,000 miles and more! This is typically accomplished through shorter drain intervals and better quality oil. Longer drains and the lower quality oils can lead to shorter engine life. If you drive your vehicle to 130,000 of 150,000 miles and then engine fails, you would probably not think anything was wrong. Vehicles get some miles on them and things fail. You then have to go and purchase a new vehicle! Even if you purchase a used vehicle, somewhere up the line, someone buys a new vehicle.
The best way to keep your vehicle running for extended miles of dependable service is good maintenance. Engine and transmission failure sends vehicles to the junk yard. If you are shopping for the cheapest oil change possible, what quality of oil do you think they are most likely using? Be sure to change your oil at a reasonable interval and ask what quality of oil your shop is using. Ask if they are purchasing the cheapest oil that they can find, or if they are using quality oil, which is in the best interest of you – their customer.
Scott Rand – World Fuel Services – 1/6/20