We’ve been told for decades that our cars need to have the oil changed every 3000 miles, but is that still the rule? It’s a good way to keep your mechanic and oil companies in business, but in most cases, it’s not necessary. Check your owner’s manual, and you may be surprised to find out that you can get by with changing it every 6000 to 7500 miles or even more with no loss in engine efficiency. That puts a lot of extra money in your pocket.
If you do a lot of driving in extreme conditions such as very dirty roads, or in very hot or cold weather, you may need to adjust this down a little, but not by much. Cars are made much better these days, and don’t require as much care.
Of course, if you really want to save money, learn how to change the oil yourself. It’s a little messy, but not that difficult. Just remember to dispose of the old oil responsibly.