Probably the most important routine maintenance any vehicle needs is an engine oil change. Many consider changing oil an easy “do it yourself” auto maintenance task that anyone can take on, but you might wonder why you should bother. Is there a benefit to doing an oil change at your home instead of taking it to the dealership or a quick lube place to have it done?
Benefits of a DIY oil change:
- Cost – There is little to no doubt that a do-it-yourself oil change done at home will safe you money. You can purchase a filter and oil for a fraction of the cost compared to the dealership. A Jiffy Lube type place will be closer to the price you pay so keep an eye out for sales and stock up on what you need. Unfortunately, it does take you time to do the oil change so you will have to decide how valuable your time truly is and if you are benefiting by doing the oil change yourself or if you would ultimately be better off taking your vehicle to a “professional”.
- No Travel – You can do the oil change at home, meaning that you do not have to drive to the dealership. There is no reason to waste your time in commute to get the oil changed. The amount of time traveling will usually offset the time it takes to do the oil change yourself.
- No Wait – No one likes to sit at a dealership and wait for an hour or more while their oil gets changed. If you do the oil change yourself there is no wait at a boring dealership. After doing your vehicles oil change a couple of times you will be come a professional at it. You be able to do it quickly and efficiently. It might end up taking you only 10 minutes to complete an oil change which is a huge savings of time when compared to the wait that most dealerships have.
- Peace of Mind – This is the biggest one. Doing an oil change on your vehicle will give you peace of mind because you will know that its been done right. Too many horror stories exist of the pro forgetting to tighten (or over-tightening) the drain plug or damaging your car in some way. You will know that you successfully drained all of the old oil out. You will also see the condition of the filter firsthand and know if it needs replaced or not. You will also have used the oil you picked out to replace the old oil with. Oils come in all type and brands, so knowing that you used your favorite oil choice will help you feel better.
The benefits of changing our vehicle’s oil is undeniable. You just have to decide if its something you want to do or not. It can be messy and it does take time, but you will have a feeling of satisfaction once its done. There are tools to make the job take less time and the more you do it, the quicker you will get.