Engines have changed a lot over the years. Not to long ago the standard rule of thumb was every 3,000 or 90 days, whichever came first. New advancements in engine technology as well as oil quality improvement over the years have extended those timetables. Additionally, the automotive industry has begun to take driver's driving habits into account when making oil change frequency recommendations. Because of this, how often you change your oil should depend on you personal driving habits.

If you use the car only for short trips on city streets, particularly in cold weather, you probably should have the oil changed every three months. Why? On short trip, the engine doesn't reach its proper operating temperature, which can cause condensation of water inside the crankcase and oil can be diluted by gasoline. If you mostly use your car for occasional longer trips, it is acceptable to wait six months or more to change the oil.

One thing to consider when deciding when your oil needs to be changed is your car warranty. Many carmakers require the warranty holder to change the oil based on time. If this is the case for your car, it's more cost-effective to change the oil according to the guidelines until the warranty expires. If your engine needs a warranty-covered repair in the future, your manufacturer might decline to cover it if you didn't follow their recommended timeline for oil changes. To avoid complications, it's best to follow their recommendations.

Another reason why the manufacturer's recommendations should be considered is the automaker has already done extensive testing on your vehicle's engine to define the recommendation. These are based on lab and real world driving to determine how it performs under many conditions. Through that testing, they have developed a set of guidelines for maintenance and the frequency of oil changes.

Changing your vehicle's oil at the recommended intervals is the best thing you can do to ensure it has a long life. As simple as this task may sound, many people can get confused about how often their car's oil needs to be changed. While you can always change your oil on your own, at our dealership we offer fast oil change service at a fair price, allowing you to go about your day without breaking your wallet.