How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Mechanic Pouring Oil into Car

If you want to prolong the life of your vehicle, keeping up with regular oil changes is a must — and ignoring your oil change could turn on a host of dashboard warning lights. Experts used to recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles, but that has changed in recent years. Thanks to advances in oil and engine technology, modern vehicles can often go between 7,500 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. Your owner’s manual is a great place to look for how often you should change your oil.

Oil Change Frequency Depends on Use

While most vehicles will be fine getting an oil change between 7,500 and 10,000 miles, that may not always be the case. There are a few factors that could affect how frequently this service is required. If any of these circumstances apply to you, consult the experts at Auffenberg Volkswagen to see when your vehicle should have an oil change. 

  • Racing
  • Heavy towing
  • Off-roading
  • Commercial use (including delivering food or working as a rideshare driver)
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Additional Tips for Oil Changes

If your vehicle is in need of an oil change near Madison, you will want to keep the information below in mind: 

  • You should bring your vehicle in for an oil change at least twice a year, even if you do not do a lot of driving. Oil breaks down over time, and this happens regardless of whether you drive the vehicle or not. 
  • The oil filter should be replaced as well when you bring your vehicle in for an oil change. 
  • Does your vehicle require synthetic oil, or is it okay to use conventional oil? Be sure to check your owner’s manual to see what your particular make and model needs. 

How Often Should I Check My Oil Level?

If you want to catch leaks in the oil system before they become a major problem, it is a good idea to check the oil level at least once a month. When your vehicle does not have enough oil, it can lead to costly repairs down the road. Be sure to check for any change to your oil’s color, as well as the appearance of any metal particles in the oil. If it looks like your oil needs to be replaced or the level is low, set up an appointment with Auffenberg Volkswagen. 

Make Auffenberg Volkswagen Your Go-To Destination for Oil Changes

At Auffenberg Volkswagen, oil changes are quick and affordable. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us. Be sure to take a look at our service specials so you can save even more on vehicle maintenance.

Service Specials

Military Discount
10% Off

Your Service for our Service 10% OFF 

Any qualified parts or service purchase at our facility. See Service Advisor for details.

Disclaimer: Most vehicles. May not be combined with any other offers or specials. Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax & Supplies. Valid only at this dealership. Expires 12-31-2021

EXPIRES: 12/31/2021
Service Wild Card Special

Service Wild Card Special
10% OFF
On Parts and labor for any qualified repairs over $250. See service advisor for details.

Most vehicles. May not be combined with any other offers or specials. Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax & supplies. Valid only at this dealership. Expires 12-31-21.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2021
Alignment Special
$20 off a 4 wheel alignment

$20 off a 4 wheel alignment

If shims are required, additional charges may apply. Tax extra. See your advisor for details. Valid at all Auffenberg Automotive Group stores with exception to Auffenberg Hyundai. See dealer for details. Offers can't be combined with any other offer. Offer expires 3/31/18!

EXPIRES: 12/31/2021
Oil Change

$39.95 oil change and tire rotation

*Conventional Oil only. Most vehicles. May not be combined with any other offers or specials. Must present coupon when order is written. Plus tax & supplies. Valid only at this dealership.

EXPIRES: 12/31/2021

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