As the cost of crude oil rises the idea of utilizing a fully synthetic oil becomes more and more popular. Over the past decade synthetic oil has seen a dramatic increase in use, even in high profile arenas like Nascar, which is sponsored by the Mobil 1 product.
One of the most popular questions about synthetic is still asked daily though.
Is synthetic oil worth the cost?Before we get into the answer, you should always consult your Owner’s Manual to ensure full synthetic oil or synthetic blend will be compatible and to ensure you use the right weight and viscosity.
The answer to this age old question is quite simple: YES.
Let’s do a little math to prove the point.
Synthetic oil change costs vary from month to month and location to location. Right now, you can go to Jiffy Lube or Tires Plus and get a conventional oil change for approximately $20. It is usually a safe bet to assume that synthetic oil changes will cost about 2.5 times conventional oil, which would put the cost at $50.
Typically it is recommended to change your (conventional) oil about every 3,000 miles. Some may argue and claim how they can get 7,000 miles out of their oil, but that is just not a good idea if you want your engine to last.
The synthetic oil change interval is much greater, typically around 7,500 miles. Some synthetic oils such as Mobil 1 or AMSOIL will actually allow you to go 15,000 to 25,000 miles without changing your oil. That is amazing in and of itself.
So, here’s the math:
*This is working around 60,000 miles of use on the car.
60,000 miles / 3,000 miles per oil change = 20 oil changes x $20 per oil change = $400
60,000 miles/10,000 miles per oil change = 6 oil changes x $50 per oil change = $300
As you can see, just using nothing but oil change costs synthetic oil comes out on top. Now here’s the even better question?
How much is your time worth?
Most people value their time and don’t want to go to Midas or Walmart or Jiffy Lube 20 times to change their oil. Going only 5 times sounds much, much better. And that is where the real cost savings comes in. Synthetic oil is just a lot more convenient. Not to mention it is better for your car, especially cars that run hot or cold.
A Few Other Ways Synthetic Oil Will Save You Money
We’ve mentioned it above briefly…synthetic oil is better for your engine than conventional oil. Most people may only stress is extreme cold or hot temperatures and while it is true that synthetic oil performs better in extreme temperatures it also out performs conventional in any temperature.
The main thing synthetic oil does to protect your engine better is reduce wear scars. There are several things that can increase wear scars, but one of them is oxidation (or rust) on engine parts. Synthetic oil prevents engine rust a lot better than conventional oil, thus reducing wear scars and potentially preventing additional maintenance at the same time.
Last, but not least, synthetic oil is better for the environment. Because it is made in laboratory it contains fewer toxins, such as sulfurs found in conventional motor oil.