Is It A Good Idea To Change My Own Oil? | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Is It A Good Idea To Change My Own Oil? | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Should you change your own oil, or have a professional do it for you? This is a question you may have asked yourself. If you’re an avid DIYer or just looking to save more money, you may think that changing your own oil will do just that.

Doing so may not always be the case. In fact, you’re typically better off bringing your car in for a professional oil change. Here’s why: 

Changing Your Oil Isn't Easy
Not all drivers have a lift to get a car off the ground to change the oil. You can use a jack for this, but a jack won’t get your car far off the ground enough for you to safely work under. You will have a difficult time seeing what you’re doing and an even harder time removing the drain plug and oil filter.

Making a Mistake Could Cost You More
Experienced mechanics can make mistakes. But mistakes are rare when you perform oil changes every single day. You’re better off leaving this job to the professionals because you might make a mistake that could cost you more than you’d save by changing your own oil. A mistake could be not sealing the filter properly and oil will leak out and ruin the engine if the car is left running.

You’ll Pay Retail Price for Oil and Filters
If you plan on changing your own oil, you’ll need to purchase the oil and filter from a local auto store, which means you’ll be paying a marked up price. Auto repair shops or your dealership, are able to purchase these items in bulk and get a significant discount on them.

Your Time is More Valuable than the Cost of an Oil Change
At the end of the day, your time is more valuable than the cost of an oil change. Depending on your experience, changing your own oil could take you up to an hour or longer. Your local auto shop or dealership can get it done in under 20 minutes.

Penney Auto Body & Glass, Vancouver’s Auto Body Collision Repair Shop, is an expert in paint and body repair and cares about the welfare of your car and your personal safety. If you get involved in an automotive accident or you're a victim of a vehicle break-in or theft be sure to contact Penney Auto Body for your auto body, collision repair, and car painting services.

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