Angie's List: How Often You Should Change Your Oil

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It has always been a known rule, when your car starts to near the 3,000 mark, it is time to schedule an oil change.

"Oil changes lubricate the engine and keep it from wearing. An oil change is the most important thing you probably can do for your car to keep it healthy," said auto shop owner Jim Trump.

While oil changes are apart of every car's maintenance plan, new advances in technology and in oil means the 3,000 mile rule may now be different.

"Year's ago the time to change your oil was simple. Every three months of 3,000 miles. With improvements made to oil as well as cars, you need to depend on your owner's manual for the best recommendation of how frequently your car may need an oil change. It could be 3,000, 7,000 or even 10,000 miles," explained Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

According to Hicks, getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles isn't going to hurt your car - it will only hurt your wallet.

"This is a great way for you to look at saving some money this year by following the directions as to how frequently you should change it. If you think about it, you might save yourself $100 a year if you fallow the manufactures suggestion," said Hicks.

In addition to reading your car's manual, Hicks also suggests establishing a friendship with the person who services your car. That way you can avoid being up-sold with products you don't need.

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