How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed? | Greenville SC | Near Spartanburg, Anderson and throughout the Upstate

At Audi Greenville, we know that keeping your car well-maintained helps life run a little more smoothly. If your vehicle isn't in good condition, it could cause bump-ups in your daily life, making you miss appointments or events and leaving you with expensive repairs that could have been avoided with routine maintenance.

One of the most basic types of service is an oil change. Any car owner knows that this has to be performed regularly, but just how regularly? Check out these steps below to keep track of what type of schedule works best for you.

3,000 Miles: Fact or Fiction?

"Get your oil changed after 3,000 miles" was once the mantra of mechanics and car owners everywhere. Today, however, things have changed. While 3,000 miles was a good guideline for older cars, mechanics are mostly in consensus today that the number has increased for most models manufactured in the year 2008 or later. The reason for this is that both engine and oil technology have since improved. The new recommended mileage is somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,500, although older models should stick to a lower threshold, like 5,000. Six months is a good general time frame, so that you can also have your car inspected for other services it may need.

How Do You Drive?

Experts also say that the type of driving you do and the climate you live in can also affect how often you should get your oil changed. A city-dweller may need to have their oil changed more often because the frequent starting and stopping and short driving distance works the engine hard without giving the oil a chance warm up enough to work at full capacity. Colder climates also lead to poor oil-functionality for the same reason.

Check Your Owner's Manual

At the end of the day, the best idea is to trust your manufacturer's judgment. Nobody knows your car better than the ones who designed and built it. Check your owner's manual to figure out when your particular model should have its oil changed, along with other routine services.

These are primarily general guidelines to give you a better idea about scheduling. Ultimately, the best source to consult would be a mechanic specializing in your car's manufacturer. No two cars are alike, so an expert opinion is always the best option.

Interested in getting your vehicle's oil changed or having another routine service performed? Our service technicians are happy to serve you, so call us at 888-446-6010 or visit us at Audi Greenville at 200 Duvall Dr, Greenville, SC 29607 for your appointment. We proudly serve customers from Spartanburg, Anderson and throughout the Upstate!