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How Often Do I Need to Get an Oil Change?

Oil changes are the most frequent maintenance items for most car owners. While these visits to the auto repair shop may be quick, the consequences of neglecting a needed one can be devastating for your car's health and your wallet. Here are some ways to determine if your vehicle needs an oil change soon:

Number of Miles You've Driven

On average, most cars need an oil change about every 3,000 miles. However, this number can differ depending on your driving habits, your driving frequency, the age of your car, and the type of oil you use. If you drive a more modern vehicle, you might be able to put it off a little longer between each change. It is best to consult with your owner's manual or car experts if you are unsure.

Vehicle Notification System

The most obvious sign that it is time to get an oil change is if there is a warning light on your dashboard. Assuming that your oil change light is working, waiting for the message to come on will take away some of the flexibility when booking the oil change. However, if you are forgetful, the notification system is a wonderful reminder of when you are expected for oil service.

Self-Checking the Oil with Dipstick

You can check the quality of your oil by lifting the hood open and pulling out the oil dipstick. Please remember to wipe off the dipstick to get rid of residual oil before reinserting it and pulling it back out for an accurate reading. The dipstick has markings that will tell you whether you are low on oil.


To keep your vehicle in good shape, you should be getting regular oil changes by certified professionals. Proper car care can save you money and time in the long run. For dependable auto services, including oil changes, in Charlotte, NC, please call or visit Woodie's Auto Service & Repair Center today!

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