We want to be able to assure your safety when your car is on the road. That's why we don't merely provide comprehensive services, our oil changes take longer because we also perform important safety checks for you. Our shop is equipped with some of the latest automotive diagnostic equipment and your vehicle is repaired by our qualified and experienced mechanic.
Friendly customer service, honest advice and fair prices, as well as performing quality work are of the greatest importance to us. We will be honest with you and only offer you services that you need. We do our best to ensure your comfort and safety on the road. Please feel free to call for your appointment today!
Oil changes are the #1 way to maintain your Vehicle. When you are given the advice of 3 months or 3,000 miles, that is an average that helps you maintain all aspects of your vehicle. It used to be normal to change the oil every 3,000 miles, but with modern lubricants, most engines today have recommended oil change intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles. And, if your car's engine requires full-synthetic motor oil, they might go as far as recommending 15,000 miles between services! If you do not put 15,000 miles on your car per year, that means your vehicle is not being looked at for a whole year!
What it comes down to all depends on your driving habits. If your driving routine consists mostly of trips that are 10 miles or less, you should consider changing your oil more often than every 5,000-7,500 miles for two reasons:
1. If you are not making long trips at high, steady speeds (like you would on a highway) then
your engine is not getting hot enough to boil off condensation that accumulates in the system.
That can cause oil to break down faster. Especially as a car ages, we start seeing black, burnt
oil after 3,000-4,000 miles.
2. Most of the wear and tear on your engine occurs when you are starting your car, and if you
are not driving very far, most of your driving is of the type that is very hard on your engine and
your battery. With all the electronics on newer cars and all the phone and/or computer
charging done in your car, the shorter your battery life. More frequent oil changes or check-
ups can and will help minimize the damage.
In short, if you drive your car infrequently, as in much less than the mileage of your recommended service interval, you should still change your oil at least twice a year since the oil degrades over time.
That being said, we are not a quick-change oil shop, our oil changes can take 45 minutes to an Hour, so we prefer to schedule oil changes first thing in the morning. European car oil changes can take 1 1/2 hours, more covers to remove. We ask that you drop off the car if at all possible. Why do our oil changes take longer? Because when we do your oil changes regularly, we monitor the battery health, oil condition, anti-freeze strength and amount, tire pressure, tire conditions, we check your wipers, lights and brakes and check grease fittings during your oil change, EVERY TIME, plus we keep notes and even take pictures of your vehicle so that we can monitor the progression, giving you a heads-up for when you will need more service. We also use a synthetic blend on all oil changes except for the full synthetic oil changes. This gives your car the longevity between oil changes and a little more added protection without the cost of full synthetic. (Keep in mind, that doesn't mean you can go 1,000-2,000 miles over!)
Feel free to call us if you have any questions.