How Often to Check Your Oil So Your Used Car Stays in Top Shape

By Product Expert | Posted in Maintenance, Service, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 6:57 pm
How Often Should You Check Your Oil

One thing that Joe’s Auto Sales really prides itself is the selection of top quality used vehicles on our sales lot. Each model is thoroughly inspected before the “For Sale” sticker is added to the window. It also helps when the previous owners took extremely good care of the vehicle before turning it over to us. In order to keep your pre-owned vehicle running as smoothly as the day you bought it from us, we advise that you perform regular maintenance—such as checking your oil often—so that it remains in tip-top shape.

girl checking the oil in her carHow Often Should You Check Your Oil?

Ideally, you should check the oil in your vehicle about once a month. Depending on how much you drive, you might be able to get away with going 2 months. It always seems like the most difficult part of checking your oil is actually remembering to do it. We recommend picking a certain day, such as the 21st of each month or third Saturday, and mark it on a calendar or set a reminder in your phone. Once you have completed the task, write it down in a notebook, along with any observations, so you can keep track and verify if need be.

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What Should I Be Looking for When I Check My Oil?

Checking your oil is a very easy task that simply involves pulling out the oil dipstick and seeing if the oil level is closer to the “full” or “low” end. You then add oil as needed. In addition to checking the level, observe the coloring of the oil. If it is dark brown or black (the color of fresh oil will be amber), you are in need of an oil change. Oil changes are typically performed every 3 months or every 3000 miles.

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Come to Joe’s Auto Sales for Maintenance Help

If you purchased your inspected and top-quality used vehicle from Joe’s Auto Sales and need a little help with maintenance, feel free to contact our service department at 317-243-2269! Our knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help keep your vehicle healthy so you can use and enjoy it for a long time!

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