How Often Should You Get Your Oil Changed, Really?

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Let Japanese Car Specialties, Inc. Help You Determine When You Need An Oil Change.

The standard practice of an oil change and filter replacement is around every 3,000 miles driven, and can fluctuate depending on the age of car, make and model. Higher end cars needs service and frequent oil changes. But just how often SHOULD you get your oil changed? As most things, too much of a good thing can actually be bad for you.

Many cars today go between 5,000-10,000 miles before being serviced for an oil change, but that is not for everyone. Any signs of damage, unusual noises or movements in the car is a sign to take your vehicle into Japanese Car Specialties. Inc.

A big reason that many drivers go so long between oil changes is the new types of oil out on the market:

  • Full synthetic blends
  • Synthetic blended oils


These types of oils last longer, give better mileage between changes, and are used more frequently in newer cars. However, many mechanics still recommend the standard 3,000-5,000 mile mark for cars that are older or in need of additional services – it all depends on the driver’s driving habits.

Many mechanics suggest you change oil more often for “severe” driving conditions, such as frequent trailer towing, extensive stop-go driving, driving in extreme heat or cold, or frequent short-distance driving.

Whether you are a new car owner, or have had your vehicle for years, contact Japanese Car Specialties, Inc. today at (949) 583-0811 for your oil change services in Mission Viejo, CA to see how frequently you should get checked.