Every oil change is not the same. Conventional, Synthetic blend, Full Synthetic, and High Mileage is what you will hear when you talk about an oil change. Let's kill the myth that all cars can take Conventional or Full Synthetic. There are a lot of newer cars that can only take Full Synthetic oil. Let's also kill the myth that you can't use Conventional oil after you've used Full Synthetic. You can definitely switch them up. It's like the difference in getting a cheese pizza and a meatlovers. They both are pizza, one just offers more than the other. Now that we've killed a few myths, let's dive into the types of oil changes.
Conventional is your regular standard oil change. Most of the time it's the cheapest option for an oil change. Even though it's the cheapest, it still provides the necessary protection for your engine. Notice, we didn't say the best, but the necessary protection. A lot of older cars can take a Conventional oil change and run just fine. One of the downfalls to a Conventional oil change is that they don't last as long. Typically you would have an oil change every 3,000 miles with a Conventional oil change, while Full Synthetic oil changes can give you 5 times more miles. Conventional oil changes are the bare minimum. They provide your engine with what it needs to keep it surviving.
"Conventional oil changes are the bare minimum. They provide your engine with what it needs to keep it surviving."
Synthetic Blend is a better option. In this type of oil there are additives that are included in the oil to give your engine better protection. What are additives in oil? Additives in oil are enhancements that improve and provide better protection and performance for your engine. Other enhancements are: antioxidants, corrosion inhibitors, anti-foam agents and demulsifying agents. This type of oil change gives you the best of both worlds. It gives you some additional protection without the price of Full Synthetic. You'll get more miles in between oil changes with a Synthetic Blend than you would with a Conventional oil change.
"Additives in oil are enhancements that improve and provide better protection and performance for your engine."
Full Synthetic is going to be your best option. This oil change provides you with the best protection and engine performance. It also helps with gas mileage. I mean come on, who doesn't like saving money on gas? Unlike Synthetic Blends, you get the full benefit of additives with a Full Synthetic oil change. Full Synthetic oil changes can give you up to 15,000 miles in between oil changes. Shops up-sell on a lot of thing, but this is one you want to take advantage of. A lot of newer and luxury cars only take Full Synthetic. If you have a newer or luxury vehicle you should only want to put Full Synthetic oil in it. You don't pay all of that money for a nice car just to put basic stuff in it right?? No, of course not. If you go to a gourmet burger restaurant, you don't just want meat and bread. You want everything plus some additions. You want the special sauce. You want the burger to be so good that you dream about it. You want the best! That's exactly what a Full Synthetic oil change is. You're going to get what you need plus some additions to make sure your vehicle engine has that extra protection. With that being said, the best always comes with a larger price tag. The old saying is "You get what you pay for" Some vehicles only take Full Synthetic. If you drive a Mercedes, you want Full Synthetic. If you drive a Cadillac, you want Full Synthetic. If you drive a Honda, you still want Full Synthetic. What we're trying to say is, if your car requires it, give it what it requires. However, if your vehicle can take conventional, but you can afford Full Synthetic, then get Full Synthetic. It's all about the type of protection that it gives.
"If you drive a Cadillac, you want Full Synthetic. If you drive a Honda, you still want Full Synthetic."
High Mileage oil changes are for vehicles with more than 75,000 miles. Because your engine is filled with consistently fast moving parts, those parts become worn after a while. High Mileage oil helps with wear on your engine. Vehicles with higher miles can leak and burn more oil. High Mileage oil can restore seals. We aren't saying that High Mileage oil can fix seals, but I can restore them. Meaning it helps with leaks. Vehicles with higher mileage tend to receive more wear and tear damage than younger vehicles. The additives in High Mileage oil helps protect engines with higher mileage.
So what can we take away today? GET FULL SYNTHETIC OIL CHANGES. No all jokes aside. If you can afford to do Full Synthetic, we recommend that option over the others. It just provides that total package of protection for your vehicle. Some places charge upward $100 for a synthetic oil change. Our most expensive Full Synthetic oil change is $77. You can't beat that price. If you can't afford the Full Synthetic oil change, don't just skip out on the oil change all together. If your vehicle can take conventional, do at least the minimum Conventional oil change. Remember, you can switch between the two as long as your vehicle does take conventional. We hope this shedded some light on the types of oil changes out there. Leave us a comment below and tell us what type of oil change you usually get!