June 5th, 2019 by

You’ve probably heard of synthetic oil – even if you don’t know anything about it.

That’s okay because we’re here to help.

It’s really all about making an informed decision, so let’s find out what you need to know about synthetic oil and how it differs from conventional oil.

When it’s time for your next oil change, you’ll have all the info you need.

Synthetic vs. conventional

As the name suggests, synthetic oil is artificial.

It’s created from chemical compounds.

There are some types that start out as conventional oil and then are chemically altered to become synthetic.

Still others are made from raw materials.

The conventional motor oil you’re used to comes from naturally-occurring crude oil.

The benefits of synthetic

In general, auto mechanics are fans of synthetic oil.

Here’s why they like it so much:

It reduces engine wear, especially when a car is started and driven cold.
It doesn’t deteriorate as quickly.
The biggest benefit for consumers, though, is less frequent oil changes.

The drawbacks

Synthetic oil does cost more upfront so an oil change with this type of oil will cost nearly twice as much.

Of course, you have to factor in not having to have your oil changed as frequently.

Overall, you may save money by going with synthetic.

How can you make the decision?

So, is synthetic oil worth it?

It all depends on how often you change your oil.

If you’re someone who strictly adheres to the oil-change schedule recommended by your vehicle’s owner’s manual, you don’t necessarily need synthetic oil.

On the other hand, if you’re in the habit of putting it off, synthetic oil may be the way to go.

You need expert advice

At Serra Chevy, we’re happy to help you with more than just finding a new or new-to-you vehicle.

Our service department is staffed with skilled technicians who can help you figure out the best maintenance schedule for your vehicle, as well as give you the best advice about what kind of oil is best for your car.

Give us a call today!

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