It seems like every time you buy oil it costs more. Could that really be true? In fact, studies show that the price of your oil change did increase by an average 10 % in 2019. Of course this depends on your specific vehicle but most likely the price of oil changes will continue to increase.

So how do you combat the continual rise in price? Instinctively we look for ways to save money. One thought may be to “stretch” out the time between changes. Is that the right move? Another possibility would be to examine the type or brand we’ve been faithfully using. Is it time to switch or at least look around? Is conventional, synthetic blend or full synthetic the best choice?

The logical place to begin is with your vehicle’s manual and the manufacturer’s requirements. If your vehicle is under warranty, you must abide by all restrictions in the warranty to keep it intact. In some cases it’s tough enough to get a vehicle repaired under warranty. If you attempt to have an engine repaired under warranty, be prepared for a lot of scrutiny from the manufacturer. With an engine repair you will have to prove that your vehicle has been serviced at recommended intervals with the suggested product. In the case of your oil, of course it would be the correct weight and type ( synthetic, blend, ect.). To have the factory warranty honored, you will need a detailed history of all maintenance from the time of purchase. Whether you have your vehicle serviced in-house or at a vendor be sure to keep a file with detailed records and receipts on each service performed. If you take your vehicle in for service, be sure to discuss the proper oil with the service writer and have that listed on the estimate and repair order.

Some of the newer vehicles now have greater oil capacities which will add to the cost of each oil change; but this should contribute to increasing the miles between changes as well.

As your vehicle ages the oil needs change. Most oil companies now offer a product specifically for vehicles with 75,000 miles or more. These oils contain additives designed to assist with lubricating components and seals of these aging vehicles. Use of these products may allow you to get a little more life out of the vehicle.

In summary, check out a few different options. Are you able to switch types of oil which may increase the mileage between changes? Can you start using an oil designed for higher mileage units? Are you keeping detailed records to be sure you are not changing oil too soon?

Check with your service provider for tips and suggestions.

Inland Empire Fleet Maintenance will gladly help you with this decision.