5 Reasons You Can't Afford (Not To) Get An Oil Change

5 Reasons You Can't Afford (Not To) Get An Oil Change

Feb 22, 2019, 4:52:57 PM Business

Your car has gone 5,000 miles since your last oil change, and your manufacturer recommends oil changes every 5,000 miles. So it’s about time to bring it back to your local service station, and have the oil changed, right? But what if you skip it – just this once? What if you put 7,500 miles on your oil? 10,000? Or even more?

Well, we’re here to tell you that’s a bad idea. Sure, maybe going without an oil change will save you $50 – for now. But in the long run, it’ll cost you much more than that. Here are the top 5 reasons you can’t afford not to get your oil changed regularly!

1. You’ll Prolong The Life Of Your Engine

Oil helps lubricate and cool your engine components. As it becomes worn-out and breaks down, it becomes less effective at doing so. Even if your cooling system is working properly, your engine may heat up, and metal fragments and other debris could circulate around the engine block, causing premature wear.

In the long run, this will lead to serious mechanical problems, or even catastrophic engine failure. If you don’t change your oil regularly, your engine may fail within 100,000 miles. But with proper oil changes, modern engines can often last 200-300,000 miles, or even longer. That means your engine – and your car – will both last longer.

2. You Can Avoid The Cost Of Replacing Your Engine

If your engine fails due to poor maintenance, it will likely have to be replaced. Replacing your engine – even with a used or remanufactured engine – will likely cost you at least $4,000. If you want a brand-new engine, that may cost more than your car is even worth!

3. You’ll Get Better Fuel Economy If You Change Your Oil

Old, sludgy oil does not lubricate your engine as well. This leads to a more inefficient operation – in turn, leading to poor fuel economy. This means higher overall fuel costs, which can add up if you commute a long distance for work, or drive a lot for any other reason.

4. You Won’t Void Your Car’s Warranty

New cars typically have a powertrain warranty that lasts between 5-7 years, and up to 100,000 miles in some cases. This means that, if something in the powertrain (including the transmission, engine, etc.) fails, you can usually have it repaired free of charge – if your car has been properly maintained!

That means you need to furnish proof that your car has had its oil changed regularly in order to make use of the warranty. If you haven’t changed your oil properly, your warranty claim may be denied – and there’s not much you can do about it.

5. Your Car Will Be Worth More If You Resell It

The final benefit of regular oil changes is that, if you can prove your car has been maintained properly, you’ll get more money for it if you choose to resell it to a private party.

If you’ve owned a car since it was brand-new, and you have records of every service, repair, and other maintenance that’s been done to it, you’ll be able to sell it for a significant premium, as the buyer will know that it’s in perfect shape.

Never Skip Your Oil Changes – You’ll Still Pay For Them, In The Long Run!

Delaying a single oil change for a few hundred miles isn’t the end of the world. But if you make it a habit of delaying changes for thousands of miles – or skipping them altogether – you’ll end up paying much more in engine repair costs due to premature wear than you would if you dropped a few bucks at your nearest “quick lube” center.

So take your car maintenance seriously – change your oil on time, and in the long run, you’ll be making a much better financial decision.

 

Published by Inder Singh

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