There’s no doubt about it, it can be tempting to want to just try and change your vehicle’s oil yourself. Sure, you may know how to do it, or you can gain a pretty great sense of accomplishment from doing it yourself for the first time. Or you may assume that you’ll save money doing it yourself. But the advantages of leaving a Tucson oil change to a professional still outweigh all of those scenarios.
In most cases, a DIY oil change can actually be more hassle than it's worth and cost the same amount (if not more) than having it done at your local auto service shop. Plus, you'll be missing out on some valuable benefits that come along with letting a professional do it.
In this article, we’ve taken a deep dive into why relying on routine, professional oil change service is so important for the performance and lifespan of your vehicle.
8 Benefits of Leaving Your Tucson Oil Change Service to a Professional
Changing your own oil can be more time-consuming than you may initially realize. A professional auto mechanic does multiple oil changes a day and can do it efficiently. So, leaving your oil change service to a professional means it’s more likely to be completed faster, and it will come to roughly the same cost. (More on the materials below.)
Watching all the videos on DIY oil changes can't protect an inexperienced person from the inherent dangers of this maintenance task. For example, when you're dealing with engine oil, it is not only messy but can also be very hot. If you attempt to do an oil change shortly after your engine's been running, you could easily end up burning yourself.
Also, keep in mind that if you can’t freely maneuver under your vehicle when it’s sitting on level ground, you’ll need to raise it to change the oil. Many people use a car jack to do this, while others have even tried parking their front wheels up on a curb to raise it enough. If done improperly, both of these options can not only cause damage to your vehicle but can also cause you serious injury. Thousands of people are injured every year from improper use or defective car jacks. You don't want to risk adding your name to the list.
A professional auto shop will have stable, automated vehicle lifts that will safely raise your vehicle for plenty of clearance during an oil change service.
No Need to Worry About Having the Materials
Leaving the oil change up to a professional shop means you won’t need to purchase everything needed to properly complete the service. And it’s more than you may think.
You would need a car jack stand, a container to drain the old oil into, something to put down to protect your driveway, a funnel, rubber gloves, a new oil filter, and the new oil itself. If you don’t have all these materials on hand right now, the cost can add up quickly.
An auto shop will have all of these necessary things on hand and ready to go.
You’ll Know It's Done Right
With a professional oil change service, the chances of something going wrong are much lower. And if for some reason, the oil change was not done perfectly, it's up to the auto shop to fix it – not you.
ASE-certified mechanics, like those here at BRAKEmax, are specifically trained to do it right the first time. This expertise helps to prevent amateur mistakes like putting in the wrong oil, cross-threading the filter, or overlooking an oil leak.
You Can Be Sure You’ll Get High-Quality Oil
Another important benefit of leaving your oil change service to a professional is the fact that you can be confident that only high-quality oil is being used. Reputable auto service shops (like BRAKEmax) pride themselves on only using professional-grade fluids like Valvoline to help keep your engine running its best.
The Old Oil Will Be Properly Disposed Of
Where the old oil goes is often not something people initially consider when they think about changing their own oil. It is illegal to just toss a container of oil in the trash. Old oil has to be taken to a facility that handles hazardous waste.
It can be an aggravating and messy task to locate a proper disposal facility and transport the oil there. At a professional auto shop, they’ll take care of the oil disposal for you. So, not only will the mechanic know which is the best oil for your engine, but they’ll also take the burden off your shoulders of legally disposing of the oil.
Your Vehicle Will Be Inspected for Other Potential Issues at the Same Time
When your professional oil change service is being done, it also means an expert set of eyes will inspect your vehicle. This allows the mechanic to look for any issues that may be present. When small things are caught early, it can prevent much bigger and more costly problems down the road.
Sometimes, a routine oil change at your trusted source for professional service will also include some valuable additional services for no extra charge. This often includes rotating your tires, topping off other system fluids as needed, or even checking the alignment.
Plus, with BRAKEmax Tire & Service Centers, if your vehicle is located within three miles of your nearest location, you can also take advantage of our concierge pick-up and drop-off service at no additional cost. We’ll come to pick up your vehicle, perform your high-quality oil change, and after the service is done, we’ll bring your vehicle right back to you.
Schedule Your Professional Tucson Oil Change Today!
As you can see, there are some significant benefits that come along with leaving your vehicle’s oil change service up to the professionals. Doing so can prevent unnecessary headaches and added expenses and ensure that your engine is properly protected.
For a more in-depth understanding of oil changes and how to make the most of this essential maintenance task, we invite you to read our blog post: "Your Complete Guide to Oil Changes." Gain valuable insights and expert advice on maintaining your vehicle's performance.
If your vehicle is due for an oil change service, schedule an appointment with our auto service professionals today!