How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed? | Clinton, SC | Near Laurens & Fountain Inn

At Cooper Motor Company, we understand the value of a well-maintained vehicle. If you don't keep up with your scheduled service, it could cause unexpected problems and produce an unreliable car. No one likes to miss important appointments and events. Plus, you could be stuck with an expensive repair bill that could have been prevented with routine maintenance.

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think of service is usually an oil change. Even first-time car owners know that this service should be performed regularly, but just how regularly should you be showing up to the service department? Check out these tips below to see what kind of schedule fits into your lifestyle best.

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 to 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 best.

Interested in getting your vehicle's oil changed or having another routine service performed? Our service technicians are happy to serve you, so stop by our dealership at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325 or give us a call. We look forward to serving our customers from Clinton, SC, and throughout Greenville and Columbia!