How often should you change your oil?

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 7,500 to 10,000 miles on certain models. BMW told some models can go 15,000 miles between oil changes.

However, mechanics recommend changing your car's oil more often especially if you're driving in severe weather or in severe conditions such as stop-and-go driving or frequent short trips.

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