Money Saving Oil Change Tips

While an oil change isn't the most expensive maintenance task you'll ever need for your car, it does add up over the year of ownership. Changing the oil is a relatively simple task that requires no mechanical skills and require only the money it takes to buy the oil.

Do It Yourself

You will need to have an oil catch tray, a new oil filter, and some basic mechanic tools. This simple task takes just a few hours and you save money on professional labor costs. Drain the oil from the engine, clean off the drain plug and replace, then remove the old filter and install a new one.

Follow Manufacturer Guidelines

If you’re not mechanically inclined, researching the manufacturer guidelines for oils changes can help you save money, too. Most cars do not need to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles, contrary to what a mechanic may recommend. Instead, follow the guidelines in your car owner manual to save money by changing your oil less frequently.

An oil change doesn’t need to be a costly endeavor when you know how to handle the job either on your own or with fewer trips to the auto shop.