How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?

If you’ve ever wondered how those old classic cars are still running today, we’ve got a little clue for you. The key to keeping your vehicle running for many more years is preventative maintenance.

This entails all kinds of services that the average vehicle owner probably doesn’t want to think about, like brake repairs and tire inspections. But it’s also the little things, like getting your oil changed on time, that really make a big difference for how well your vehicle runs around Manhattan, Queens, and Bronx.

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

This is a question we get all the time. And while the timeline of your  regular services may seem a bit mystifying, it really doesn’t have to be. Getting an oil change should be a regular part of your life of vehicle ownership, just like filling up your gas tank or refilling the windshield wiper fluid.

An oil change service is necessary because it prevents your vehicle’s motor from overheating. It does a lot of other things too, like ensuring that your vehicle is running as efficiently as possible, improving performance, and ensuring that there isn’t gunky buildup in the motor.

Generally, the regular oil change timeline depends on a few things:

The age of the vehicle

If your vehicle was manufactured in the last five to seven years, chances are you can go a bit longer between oil changes. Thanks to EPA requirements and enhancements in motor engineering, vehicles and their inner workings have improved so yours isn’t constantly leaking oil.

Vehicles also run much cleaner than they used to thanks to improvements in the chemical design of motor oil. So newer vehicles can get an oil change roughly every 4,000 to 6,000 miles or more depending on…

The make and model of the vehicle

Depending on the manufacturer and model of your vehicle, you may be able to go longer between oil changes. Some manufacturers, like MINI and BMW, have specially designed engines that can go much longer between oil changes than some other vehicles. This means you’ll save money on regular maintenance in the long run and won’t have to spend as much time at the MINI service center.

The driving conditions

If you’re constantly driving in stop-and-go traffic in downtown Manhattan,  Bronx, or Queens, then you’re going to need more regular oil changes than if you make long commutes on highway roads. This is because short trips are harder on your engine than long trips because of the stop and go. Also, dirty city roads tend to clog your vehicle more than cleaner highway roads. So long-trip commuters can rejoice for at least one benefit to that morning ride.

Schedule an Oil Change Service

When it’s time to schedule your Manhattan oil change service, don’t put it off. Get your service done regularly to protect the integrity of your investment with the team at MINI of Manhattan. We offer a full range of preventative maintenance services to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. Schedule an oil change service online now.