Whether retirement, a global pandemic, or maybe a job that brings you walking-distance to work, sometimes the number of miles we put on our cars can be minimal. For others, high-mileage is a way of life.

For those who drive a less than the average of 13,500 miles per year, the question is sometimes asked: ‘Do I need an oil change if I haven’t been driving very much?’

There are several reasons to get an oil change even if you aren’t driving often:

  • Motor (engine) oil degrades over time. Over time oil’s viscosity decreases and therefore isn’t as effective in lubricating the engine. Most manufacturers suggest changing your engine oil every 3,000 to 7,000 miles or twice a year.
  • Bad or expired motor oil can cause permanent engine damage. If an oil expires and isn’t able to properly lubricate this can cause decreased flow, natural buildup of deposits and therefore impact the longevity of the engine.

As always, if you have a topic you’d like us to discuss, or questions in general, you can count on Utah’s number one on-site vehicle maintenance service. Book Dash for any of your vehicle maintenance needs.