Don’t Skip Scheduled Oil Changes

This commercial from 1972 has stood the test of time: the message “don’t skip scheduled oil changes” is as true today as it was almost 50 years ago.

At our car service business, we believe in the timeless wisdom of a commercial from 1972 that still holds true today: “Don’t skip scheduled oil changes.” Over the past almost half century, the price of oil filters has changed, as has the cost of the repairs mentioned in that commercial. A car repair that cost $200 in 1972, when adjusted to 2020 dollars, is equivalent to $1,250. So, it’s essential to pay attention!

While car technology has advanced significantly since 1972, regular oil changes remain crucial for the longevity of your engine and to keep your car service costs down. Despite the immense improvements in engines and mechanical systems over the last 40+ years, one thing remains the same: oil lubricates your engine, removes dirt particles, and cleans impurities, reducing wear and ensuring smooth operation.

Every vehicle manufacturer has an oil change maintenance schedule specific to the vehicles they design. While these schedules may differ, they all emphasize the importance of regular oil changes. Oil changes involve draining the old oil from your engine, replacing the oil filter, and refilling your engine with fresh oil. Over time, oil breaks down and wears out due to the high temperatures inside the engine, while oil filters become clogged and lose their filtering capacity. Engineers and designers take various factors into account, such as the engine’s size, number of cylinders, horsepower, vehicle weight, typical use, and heat production, to determine the maintenance schedule. We always advise our customers to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Cars from 40 years ago required more frequent tune-ups and experienced more mechanical problems, leading to more frequent visits to the repair shop. Consequently, oil changes were performed more regularly. Today’s vehicles have fewer problems and are seen by mechanics less frequently. However, for those who neglect their manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules, skipping or delaying simple oil changes can lead to more significant problems down the road. It’s crucial to be diligent, follow your vehicle’s manual, and get regular oil changes. They are quick and inexpensive, saving you money in the long run. As the commercial says, “You can pay me now or pay me later.” Always choose now because just as the price of an oil filter has gone up since 1972, so has the cost of major repairs that can be avoided through regular oil changes.

At our car service business, we understand the importance of scheduled oil changes. Our expert technicians are here to help you maintain your vehicle’s health and ensure its optimal performance. Don’t overlook this simple yet essential maintenance task. Visit us today for a quick and affordable oil change that will keep your engine running smoothly for years to come. To help you out we even a program that rewards you with a free oil change for regular oil changes.  Call us for more details.