Using a Havoline oil change coupon isn’t the only way to save money on your next oil change. In fact, a coupon might not be your best choice if you want long-term savings. Here are a few tips to help you save money on vehicle maintenance.
Save Money with Synthetic Oil
First, we almost always recommend choosing a synthetic oil over a conventional oil. The upfront cost for synthetic oil is higher. However, over time, synthetic oil can help you save a lot of money.
Synthetic motor oil and conventional motor oil are both petroleum products. They are both highly refined, in order to provide adequate lubrication to your engine. You won’t see a difference with the naked eye.
On the molecular level the two types of oil are very different. Synthetic oil is highly refined. It has fewer impurities and the refineries process the oil to neatly align the molecules. This gives it a few advantages, but most notably, synthetic oil doesn’t break down as fast as conventional oil. Therefore, you’ll won’t need to change your oil as often.
How long can you go between oil changes? These depends on several factors, including the following:
- The exact oil products you choose
- Manufacturer recommendations based on your vehicle’s make and model
- Your driving habits
When you have Kernersville Auto Center change your oil, we’ll give you recommendations about when to schedule the next change. Our mechanics have the experience needed to tell you exactly what your vehicle needs.
Remember, you can switch to synthetic oil at any time. Even older vehicles can use synthetic oil or blends. You can also switch back at any time if you decide conventional oil is the better option. There is no ill effect to your engine if you change from one type of oil to another.
Protect Your Engine to Save Money Over Time
Using the right oil can also help you save money by protecting your engine. If you don’t use the right oil or don’t change your oil often enough, your engine can seize. This is one of the most expensive repairs you could need. In fact, in some cases it may make more sense simply to purchase a new car rather than repair the engine.
Again, this is where synthetic oil shines. It can help to protect your engine, even in harsh situations. Using top-quality engine oil is always going to help you save money in the long term.
If you care about the life of your engine, whenever you change your oil, you should also change your oil filter. Some people change their oil filter less often because they think paying for a new filter is a scam. Believe us, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. When you don’t change your oil filter, debris builds up and blocks the filter from working properly, which causes major engine problems. Even if the dirt doesn’t completely block the filter, it will make your new oil dirty immediately. It’s well worth your money to change the filter with the oil.
Use High-Mileage Oil if Needed
In additional to normal synthetic engine oil, we also have high-mileage oil and oil with additives. These special oils have qualities that can help your engine last longer.
Do you need high-mileage oil? This depends on your vehicle’s make and model. Typically, we recommend high-mileage oil after you hit 75,000 miles. However, this number could be higher or lower for your specific vehicle. One of our experienced mechanics can give you a recommendation about when to start using high-mileage oil and if oil with other additives makes sense for you.
Be aware that high-mileage oil does cost a little more upfront. Like synthetic oil, though, high-mileage oil is well worth the price because it can increase the lifespan of your engine. If you aren’t sure whether or not high-mileage oil is right for you, one of our experienced mechanics can talk to you about all your oil options.
Use the Right Oil Weight for Your Vehicle
Whether you choose conventional oil or synthetic oil, you’ll need to use the right weight for your vehicle.
When you hear the term “viscosity,” it refers to the weight of the oil. This number indicates how motor oil performs in different temperatures. Certain weights are not better than others. It’s a matter of choosing the weight that is best for your vehicle.
Luckily, you don’t have to worry about choosing the best weight. We’ll research what is best based on your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. For most people, this recommendation is what will work best for your vehicle given that we live in a pretty moderate climate here in North Carolina. If you were going on a road trip to the arctic, we might recommend something different!
Choose Quality Oil Products such as Havoline
Regardless of the type or weight of oil you use, you should always choose a high-quality brand. That’s why we exclusively use Havoline lubrication products. Our customers deserve only the best.
Havoline is a trusted brand that we use in our own vehicles. We’ve been serving the Kernersville area for more than 25 years. Our goal is, above all else, to treat customers the way we treat our family. Customers only come to use for their scheduled maintenance again and again because they know they can trust our recommendations and work.
We carry many different types of Havoline oil. Although we do recommend synthetic for most drivers, we also have Havoline conventional oil. We also have a Havoline oil blend, which is a “goldilocks” option. It isn’t as expensive as fully synthetic oil, but it performs better than conventional oil.
Confused about the best option? Let us break it down for you! We want you to make an informed decision about the type oil that is best for you. We welcome your questions and are happy to help you pick the best oil for your car and budget.
Make Sure the Work is Completed by Licensed Mechanics
One of the best ways to save money on your oil change even without a Havoline oil change coupon is to ensure that an experienced, licensed mechanic will handle the work. Unfortunately, when you entrust your car to an unlicensed, inexperienced mechanic, they could do more harm than good. Our ASE-Certified mechanics are experts in providing the best care for your vehicle. We discuss details with you when a repair is necessary, so that you understand exactly what caused the problem and how we are solving it. You will always know upfront what a repair will cost.
When you schedule your maintenance at Kernersville Auto Center, you don’t have to worry about any of these common problems:
- Not getting the right products – we always use the right oil weight and additives for your vehicle
- Skipping steps like not changing the oil filter or cutting corners
- Not using enough oil or just “topping you off” instead of actually changing your oil
- Doing damage to your car during the oil change or other maintenance
- Talking you into auto repair or maintenance that you don’t really need
- Charging you more than you initially agreed by presenting you with a surprise bill at the end
- Having you pay for synthetic oil, but actually using conventional oil
- Not being able to answer your questions or getting frustrated when you don’t know exactly what is the best oil choice
In short, the best option is to always have your car maintenance done by professionals. In the long run, you’ll save money because you know they did the job right the first time.
Keep in mind that when you have maintenance or repairs done by an unlicensed mechanic, you may void any warranty you have. It depends on your specific warranty.
Don’t Skip an Oil Change when Your Vehicle is Due for One
It can be very tempting to push off your oil change. Let’s face it: life can get busy. It might feel like you just changed your oil yesterday. Then suddenly, you look up, and it is several months later and you are long overdue.
This is a problem because oil that’s past its prime can wreak havoc on your engine.
Older oil starts to break down, and dirt from driving those extra miles can make the problem worse. Old oil and a dirty filter can cause clogs. The more common issue is that it simply doesn’t lubricate your engine as well. The oil’s main job is to stop engine parts from rubbing against one another as they move. When your oil isn’t doing its job well, these parts wear out faster.
Additionally, when is the last time you checked your oil level? If your oil is low, there may not be enough oil in your engine to lubricate the parts properly.
Changing your oil regularly might seem like a big expense. However, it also can add years of life to your car. Spending a little money now saves a lot of money in the long run.
Your oil change interval relies on multiple factors such as your make/model, the type of oil you are currently using, the age of your car, and your driving habits. If you’re not sure when you need to change your oil, let us know. We can help you figure out when you are due for a change.
Save Time with Our Oil Change Service
How much is your time worth? At Kernersville Auto Center, we think it’s worth a lot! That’s why we complete every oil change quickly, so you can get back on the road sooner. When you have us change your oil, you can rest assured that you won’t be waiting around all day.
You can save even more time by scheduling your other maintenance at the same time. We can also take on tasks such as the following:
We can also do a fluid check whenever you bring your car in for any kind of service, as well as flush other fluids to keep them working properly. Also, don’t forget about our premium car wash. Basically, if your car has an issue or you need maintenance, we can help.
Don’t forget that we are also a state inspection location. Here in North Carolina, most vehicles need to pass inspection annually. We can perform this inspection and help fix any issues that would cause your car to fail. By fixing the problem immediately, we can then complete the inspection to save you a second visit.
Sign Up for Our Loyalty Program – It’s Better than a Havoline Oil Change Coupon!
We appreciate our customers. Sometimes, we are able to share a manufacturer’s coupon to help you save money. However, regardless of whether or not we have any current special promotions, we always have our loyalty program running.
With our loyalty program, you’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend. You can earn points every time you bring your car in for an oil change. You’ll also earn points when you come to Kernersville Auto Center for other services.
You get to use these points for free oil changes, free car washes, and more. You can even use your points for discounts off your service if you don’t want to save up for a bigger reward. We make it easy to spend your points the way you want to spent them.
You can learn more about our loyalty program and sign up here.
Are You Ready to Schedule Your Oil Change?
Right now, the best way to get a quick oil change is to schedule the service. Yes, we do accept walk-in appointments; however, scheduling allows you to avoid waiting. Although, our customers don’t seem to mind spending time in our waiting area watching TV and having a cup of free coffee!
Click here to schedule your appointment easily online or contact us by phone to set up your next oil change.