How Often Should I Change the Oil in my Used Car?

August 15th, 2017 by

Oil Change

Taking your used vehicle in for frequent oil changes is perhaps one of the most important parts of vehicle maintenance, especially if you are a commuter or someone who takes frequent trips. The frequency in which you change your oil all depends on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, so take a look at our helpful oil change guide below and see how often you should be bringing your car or truck into our service center for new oil.

Oil Change Guide by Vehicle Brands

How often you change your Acura or Honda’s oil depends on your usage. If you are someone who does a lot of city driving or lives in an area that gets cold weather, you should be changing your oil every three months. If you mostly use your car for occasional longer trips, it is acceptable to wait six months or more to change the oil.

Many older-model Chevrolet vehicles, including those manufactured without or before the creation of Chevy’s Oil Life Monitoring System, require oil changes at 3,000-mile intervals or every three months, whichever comes first. However, newer models that are serviced with synthetic oil can go up to a year without needing a change. We suggest paying attention to your vehicle’s Oil Life Monitoring System and replacing your oil when the oil life remaining percentage approaches 0 percent.

Ford suggests that 2008 and newer model-year vehicles change their oil every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first. If you have an older Ford, Ford recommends changing out the oil every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first.

If you drive an older model Kia and use conventional oil, it is suggested that you change it out every 3,750 miles. Some 2011 model year and newer vehicles require the use of synthetic motor oil due to the advancement in engine designs. When using synthetic oil, most newer Kia’s can go 7,500 miles or 12 months without a change.

Standard oil change intervals for Toyota vehicles are typically listed at 5,000 miles or six months. Toyota models that are required to use 0W-20 synthetic oil extend that interval to 10,000 miles or 12 months, except for the Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Sequoia and Flex Fuel Toyota Tundra models, which still keep to 5,000-mile/6-month maintenance intervals.

For your specific vehicle, you will want to refer to your owner’s manual for the exact oil change schedule, however many Volkswagen’s only require an oil change every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Newer Volkswagen vehicle oil change intervals are usually closer to the 10,000-mile mark.

Remember, always check your manual if you have any question regarding your vehicle’s maintenance. If you are in need of an oil change or any other service, be sure to stop by our service center here at Liberty Bay Auto Center and we would be happy to help you!