Free Courtesy Check with Every Oil Change
Our technicians give your vehicle a free courtesy check with every oil change. We firmly believe that you must know the exact condition of your car to make the right maintenance choices and stay safe on the road.
The courtesy check can help you learn about small existing problems on your vehicle before they become more serious. We will clearly tell you what issues we found and how we can help you correct them.
But don’t worry — you won’t get an unwanted sales pitch. We believe in informing our customers, not pressuring them into a purchase they don’t want. Our technicians will explain the problems to you and give you a free estimate of the work so you can decide whether or not to repair your car.
Stay Comfortable While You Wait
We change your oil in record time, but you may still have to wait a bit. As part of our A+ rated customer service, we provide you with a comfortable waiting area for your convenience.
In our waiting area, you can enjoy complimentary hot coffee or tea while we give your car an oil change. We also offer free television and Wi-Fi to keep you entertained while you wait.
After all, we want to look after both you and your car.
Why Regular Oil Changes Are So Important
Your car is one of the most expensive investments in your life, so you must take good care of it. Fresh engine oil keeps your vehicle running efficiently and safely, but the oil will go bad over time. An oil change is among the cheapest but most crucial auto maintenance services.
Engine oil performs several vital duties in your car. These include:
- Lubricating engine components to help them rotate smoothly and efficiently.
- Preventing contaminants and residues from building up on engine surfaces.
- Conducting heat away from the combustion chamber to prevent overheating.
As you drive your vehicle, the engine oil gradually degrades. Debris collects in the oil and turns it into a thick sludge that hinders engine performance. The heat of the engine also breaks the oil down, lowering its performance.
Because of motor oil’s significance and limited lifespan, you must get a professional oil change regularly to keep your car running safely.
How Regular Oil Changes Benefit You
You may think that you don’t need to spend money on an oil change if your car runs fine. But old oil can end up costing you a lot more money than an oil change ever will.
With regular oil changes you’ll see these benefits:
- Save Money on Fuel: Dirty oil will not lubricate your engine properly, causing friction between components that has a negative effect on your car’s performance. Fresh oil helps your engine turn easily, improving your gas mileage and saving you money at the pump.
- Prevent Engine Damage: Improperly lubricated components grind against each other and wear out faster. Running dirty oil risks damaging your engine and could result in expensive repairs.
- Drive Safer: Proper functioning of all your car’s components is essential to safety. An engine malfunction stemming from poor oil health could put you, your passengers, and other road users in serious danger.
- Lower Emissions: Old oil can begin to build up hydrocarbons in your engine. When these compounds burn, they produce excess emissions that negatively impact air quality and could lead to you failing your annual Virginia vehicle inspection.
How Often Should You Get an Oil Change?
For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you do.
A new engine with little or no wear can probably get by on 7,500 mile oil changes. But as an engine accumulates miles, it dumps more unburned fuel into the crankcase which dilutes the oil. This causes the oil to break down. So if the oil isn’t changed often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear and all the engine problems that come with it (loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption).
Bring your car in for an oil change every 3,000 miles or six months, whichever is sooner. This way you’ll give your car maximum protection and extend its lifespan.
Your car owner’s manual will tell you the manufacturer’s recommendation for oil change intervals. However, many things can affect engine oil health, from your vehicle’s make and model to the type of oil you use and your driving habits.
Additionally, extreme weather changes — like those between summer and winter in northern Virginia — can degrade your oil. Keep an eye out for these signs of poor engine oil health:
- Check Engine Light is on
- Vibration while idling
- Irregular or loud engine noise
- Excessive exhaust
- Low oil level during self-check
If you notice any of these issues, get an oil change service without delay. Call our Chantilly or Warrenton shop and bring your vehicle in for an oil change and free inspection.