Life is busy. So you'll be forgiven for thinking that a discussion about changing your own engine oil seems about as appealing as a lecture from your dentist about flossing more regularly. Why should you take precious time, a limited resource, and spend it changing your own oil? Here are three reasons.
1. It Costs Less
Money is a precious resource for many of us. So, it's enticing to know that changing your own oil saves you green. Typical cars require four to six quarts of engine oil. You’ll also need a new oil filter to finish the job. Guess how much these items cost at an auto parts store. $40? $50? Good news—you can get out the door for around 20-35 bucks, especially if you take advantage of the regular oil change specials. Cheaper than you thought, right? Now, you may see a $19.99 oil change advertised at the local quick-lube station, but there are a few problems with that.
- First, they tend to use non-branded engine oil that may not be the best quality. One of the great things about performing your own oil change is choosing the brand of your choice.
- Second, that cheap oil change and convenience comes at a cost—the hard-sell on all sorts of other services that may be a waste of your money and time.
- Third, no one cares about your car more than you do. You'll do a great job because it matters to you.
In short, you'll save money changing your own oil and gain peace of mind.
Check out oil change specials for deals on the oil and oil filter to save some cash.
2. It’s easier—and faster—than you think
You can change your own oil using a few basic tools. We can help you choose the best oil for your vehicle and even recycle your used oil. As for time—how much time do you already spend waiting in a crowded lobby for someone else to change your oil? With a little experience, you'll be able to change your own oil in far less time, without ever leaving home.
3. The pride in doing it yourself
Changing your own oil can be just the beginning. While you’re changing your oil and filter, for example, it’s also easy to check the serpentine belt, cabin and engine air filters, and spark plugs. And don't forget to rotate your tires while your oil is draining, which is also a great time to do a quick brake inspection. That way you can catch simple maintenance issues before they become major repairs or problems. DIYing can be addictive, in the best way. So give the oil change a shot, feel pride in your knowledge, and see if the experience turns into a bridge to more exciting projects down the line.
Have you changed your own oil? Do you have tips to share for making it an even easier project? Share your experience with new DIYers.