Since World War II, the price of oil has suffered spikes generally correlating with instability in the Middle East. Prices have fluctuated between a $20 to $30 per barrel average during times of relative peace to spikes above $75 during the 1970s and the post-9/11 War on Terror.
As of 2015, consumers reported paying between $25 and $50 for oil changes using conventional oil and $45 to $70 for oil changes using synthetic oil, according to Angie's List. Pricing varies depending on the car's model, the oil filter used and any additional services the customer requests.
According to Pep Boys, hybrid vehicles are the only exception to car makes and models that will result in an additional charge from the standard oil change. Some vehicle manufacturers will recommend certain oil, which can be more expensive than standard motor oil, such as synthetic or high-mileage m
During an oil change, used oil is drained, the oil filter is replaced and fresh oil is added to the engine, according to Car Talk. The oil is removed by unscrewing the plug from the oil pan using a box-end wrench, states The Family Handyman, and drained into a pan.
An oil change can take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the location and the services performed in addition to the oil change. An individual who chooses to change his own oil can expect it to take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
Oil should be changed in the interval specified in the vehicle's owners manual. Among 2013 model vehicles, the oil change intervals can vary from every 7,500 miles in some cars to as high as 15,000 miles in others. These are high intervals are because of advancements in oil and vehicle technology.
As of January 2015, Goodyear offers oil changes starting at $19.99, according to their official website. National Tire and Battery also offers an oil change deal for $19.99 plus a $3 disposal fee if you make your appointment online, as listed on their website.
You can get a free oil change by using coupons. Many auto repair shops and motor oil companies offer free oil change coupons when you use their services.
Increased demand worldwide for oil causes a long-term rise in the cost of heating oil, and interruptions during the drilling, refinement or transportation of oil has an effect as well. Temperature fluctuations also cause annual changes.
Most oil changes require 4 quarts of oil, but the exact amount depends on the specifications of the vehicle. It is best to consult the owner's manual in order to determine the size of a vehicle's oil reservoir.