During this economic crunch, we are all looking for ways to save money. But when it comes to the condition of our cars, those valued objects that get us to our jobs, the grocery store, school and social events do we want to risk getting a cheap oil change? Saving a little money now by using cheap oil can cost you a lot in the future when the oil fails to do its job.
There are two important things that oil does for your engine. First it provides lubrication. Inside your car’s engine there are many moving parts that would rub against one another, creating extreme levels of friction and wear. If these parts come into contact with one another without oil between them to create a cushion, there would be severe damage to your engine. Without quality oil your engine’s performance is greatly affected. Your car won’t run smoothly and your gas mileage will be much lower. Secondly motor oil cleans the engine and prevents contaminates or “sludge” from building up. Quality oil will contain detergents that help clean the engine and additives that help inhibit corrosion.
You might think that you are saving money by going to a shop that advertises a $19.99 oil change. But in order to give you that price they have to sell you cheap oil and a low quality oil filter that doesn’t meet with manufacturer’s specifications. When the cost of an average oil change is $35-$45 at a reputable shop that uses high quality oil and high quality oil filters and it’s recommended that you change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, if you do the math that comes to 50 cents a day to change the oil in your car. Most of us can afford 50 cents a day! We spend more than that on our morning coffee! If we skip one coffee trip a week and put that money toward our oil change, our wallets wouldn’t even notice! Considering all the benefits our cars provide when they run well, don’t you think it’s worth it?
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