An oil change is about as simple as it gets from an auto care perspective. You probably know already that keeping up with your oil change schedule is an important part of basic car care, even if you don’t know why. Unfortunately, there are a few myths floating around with regard to changing your oil than have added confusion to what should be a simple topic. Let’s take a look at a couple of these issues.

You Must Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles

This is simply not true. Yes, there was a time when changing your oil every 3,000 miles was standard industry practice, but those days are long gone. The right number of miles to wait between oil changes should be determined by your owner’s manual. Some vehicles will still be close to that 3,000-mile mark, while others are up around 7,500 miles and beyond. Cars and trucks which use fully synthetic oil will generally have much wider intervals for oil changes than vehicles which use traditional oil.

Oil Changes Aren’t Necessary When Your Car Is New

Again, this just isn’t true. Sure, your vehicle looks shiny and bright when it rolls off the lot, but it starts to age as soon as you press down on the gas pedal. Right from the start, you should be keeping up with the scheduled maintenance on your vehicle, including having an oil change performed when you hit the first mileage checkpoint.

If you drive a BMW, Audi, or VW vehicle in the Charleston area, Ottohaus of Charleston would love to take care of your oil change needs. In addition, we also offer a long list of other repair and maintenance services. With fair prices and plenty of experience, you can trust us to get the job done. Contact us right away to learn more!