It is important that you get your oil changed as recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle. Depending on the type of car you have, you may need to have your oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles or you may need your oil changed every 5,000 miles or every six months. Some newer cars can go even longer between oil changes. When you take your vehicle to a car repair shop for an oil change, you will find that prices can range from less than $30 to over $200. This may leave you wondering what factors affect the different prices for oil changes.
The Type of Oil That Your Car Takes
One of the primary factors that affects how much you will pay for an oil change is the type of oil that you put into your vehicle. There are four different types of oil that can be used for oil changes; conventional, full synthetic, synthetic blend and high mileage. Conventional oil is the cheapest, while full synthetic is the most expensive. In some cases, you may have a choice as to which type of oil you want to use, such as high mileage for your high-mileage automobile. In other cases, you may have to go with the manufacturer’s recommendation. For example, many European automobiles require full synthetic oil instead of conventional oil.
How Much Oil Your Automobile Takes
Another factor that affects the price you will pay for an oil change is how much oil your automobile takes. Most oil change prices are quoted for up to five quarts of oil. If your vehicle requires more oil than that, the price you pay will be higher. Many regular economy or sedan vehicles use five quarts of oil or less. Many larger trucks and SUVs use more oil than five quarts. As a general rule of thumb, if your car’s engine has four cylinders, your car likely uses less than five quarts of oil. If your car has six cylinders, your car likely uses five to six quarts of oil. If you have an eight-cylinder car, you likely need six to eight quarts of oil.
Where You Go to Have the Oil Change Performed
The final factor that can affect how much you will pay for an oil change is where you have the oil change done. As a general rule of thumb, lube shops that only offer oil changes are the cheapest. This is because they traditionally use less trained or inexperienced mechanics to complete oil changes on your car. Auto repair shops are mid-range, as skilled auto mechanics are completing the oil change. Dealerships tend to be the most expensive place to have your oil changed.
If you are in need of an oil change, Morgan Auto Repair, with locations in Tracy, Manteca and Stockton, and a Sacramento location opening soon, can assist you. Our auto repair shop can help you with car maintenance and car repair. While an appointment is not required, we strongly recommend one. call us today to schedule yours.