An oil change is a basic service that is the minimum requirement for any vehicle. With new synthetic fluids and more precise engines, oil changes are still part of regular maintenance. Manufacturers have introduced maintenance monitoring systems that indicate when to change your oil. Although this may seem very convenient, it can have disastrous effects on your vehicle’s engine. The best way to extend a vehicle’s engine life is to perform regular oil changes. Many customers only drive short distances (12,000 km/year), which can cause excessive moisture build-up. Most engine oils can only sustain a certain amount of moisture before they stop protecting against corrosion and acid formation. This corrosion can lead to internal damage and premature wear. Although the mileage portion of the oil change may not have been exceeded, the duration plays an equally important role. Our advice is to replace your oil every 3 to 4 months. This will save you money in the long run. You should also keep in mind that there are many different grades, viscosities and types of engine oil. Many vehicles require synthetic oil, which lowers friction in the engine, improves performance and lowers emissions. The quality of the oil used to for oil changes is often overlooked and should be a question you ask your service provider. Often, quick lube shops will use the lowest grade of oil to lower the cost of the oil change. We use Valvoline and Motul oils. These oils are the best quality oils available on the market to protect your investment.