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How often should you change your oil?

Published On: Feb 26 2014 11:09:15 AM EST   Updated On: Aug 03 2016 04:17:49 PM EDT
man doing oil change on car


One of the keys to keeping your car in good condition is staying up-to-date on oil changes. But how often should you change the oil?

It used to be said that cars should get an oil change every 3,000 miles. While that could still be true for older vehicles and vehicles with certain conditions, newer models can wait longer.

According to, manufacturers including Ford, Volkswagen, Porsche and Toyota recommend oil changes every 10,000 miles on certain models. BMW told some models can go 15,000 miles between oil changes.


However, according to, manufacturers recommend more frequent oil changes if you’re driving in severe weather and in severe conditions, and if you do a lot of stop-and-go driving.