How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

October 12th, 2018 by

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How often should I get an oil change? It’s a question all Panama City Beach drivers likely ask themselves, especially as requirements and standards change. Learn more about how often to get an oil change before you schedule service with Jaguar Gulf Coast!

Why Get an Oil Change?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand why oil changes are an important aspect of vehicle maintenance. Over time, the oil meant to lubricate your engine becomes contaminated and grows less efficient. And the filter that keeps such contaminants from entering your engine eventually reaches capacity, at which point an oil change is necessary for optimal engine health.

Oil Change Intervals

Say goodbye to the age-old adage of getting an oil change every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. That no longer holds true for today’s engines. Advances in materials and the quality and type of oil used mean that you can go longer between oil changes. Most manufacturers recommend intervals of 7,500 miles or more. However, it’s important to note that oil change intervals vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, so checking your owner’s manual is key to keep up with recommended maintenance. The type of driving you do also influences how often you should get your oil changed – city driving likely requires more frequent oil changes, for example, while you may be able to go longer with rural driving.

Why Less Frequent Oil Changes?

You may be wondering exactly why oil changes are needed less frequently than before. As mentioned, advances in engine design have resulted in the need for better-quality oils. Typically, this means full synthetic or synthetic blend oils that last longer than previous oil types. Consult with the Service Department at Jaguar Gulf Coast for more information.

Save Money with Service at Jaguar Gulf Coast

When you get your oil changed at Jaguar Gulf Coast, you can take advantage of our service specials to save money! The Jaguar Pre-Paid Maintenance Plan also allows you to pay ahead for oil changes, and save in the process!

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