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How much does an oil change cost?

The cost of an oil change can fluctuate based upon which oil your vehicle requires. A regular oil change using conventional oil costs $20 to $80, whereas synthetic blend oil can be upwards of $40 to $100. Labor costs generally total between $88
How long does it take for an oil change? When taking your car in for regular maintenance oil changes, it can take approximately 0.8 hours minutes based upon where you take your vehicle. Lube shops are the faster option, whereas automotive repair shops may take longer due to high volume. 
Here’s an overview of oil change prices and repair costs for varying car models: 
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
July 14, 2024
Infiniti I30
$124
$33
$91
0.8 Hours
July 14, 2024
Nissan Frontier
$131
$33
$98
0.8 Hours
July 13, 2024
Fiat 500
$126
$33
$93
0.8 Hours
July 10, 2024
Eagle Talon
$125
$33
$92
0.8 Hours
July 9, 2024
Chevrolet Silverado
$122
$33
$89
0.8 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my oil change and how much do those parts cost?

For your upcoming oil change, you will need the following parts:
  • Motor oil: There are varying types of oil, from conventional, to full synthetic, synthetic blend, and high speed. Each of these oils affect your vehicle differently and have different bonuses. The most affordable motor oil is conventional, which usually costs anywhere between $15-$40. Synthetic oil is the more expensive option, and can cost you upwards of $70 per bottle. 
  • Oil filter: Oil filters are set in place to help keep contaminants and debris out of your car’s engine, which can accumulate over time if left untreated. It’s recommended that a new oil filter is installed each time you perform an oil change. Oil filter prices range from $10-$25.
You can buy parts for your vehicle’s oil change at auto parts stores like AutoZone, O'Reilly Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online platforms such as Amazon and Walmart. Three of our top recommended brands for oil change parts are Mobil 1, Fram, and Purolator. However, you should check your owner's manual for oil change recommendations based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
When it comes to purchasing oil filters, it’s best to opt for an OEM model. While the price point is higher than aftermarket products, OEM parts are considered the highest quality, as they are sourced straight from the manufacturer. An OEM oil filter is designed to lubricate according to your vehicle’s make and model—which will also increase your car’s performance and protect your car’s warranty.
If you are completing an oil change on your own, you will need various pieces of equipment and supplies, including motor oil, wheel ramps, an oil filter wrench, funnel, and a new oil filter. You can buy these items at auto repair shops like AutoZone, O'Reilly Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, dealerships, gas stations, or from common retailers like Walmart and Costco.
Consult your owner’s manual to determine the right type of oil required for your vehicle.

Where can I get my oil change? 

Your car requires frequent oil changes, and having a quality mechanic on hand is essential. Oftentimes, when it’s time for an oil change, the most challenging part is finding quality service. 
Jerry's GarageGuard™
eases some of the burden by examining fair price repair estimates* from over 2,500 car repair providers in the US using real hourly rates. Looking for closer to an exact cost? Jerry's GarageGuard™ also provides you with diagnostic fees (and whether they’re included in your service charges) and real reviews from real customers. 
With all this insight, you’re able to make an informed decision about your car—and when it comes to regular maintenance charges, it’s more than valuable. 
164 Reviews
Pharaoh Imports & Domestic
address
5555 Randolph Blvd, San Antonio, TX
Oil Change Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$112
(Parts - $37, Labor - $75)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$100
190 Reviews
LBR Auto Repair
address
13030 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA
Oil Change Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$140
(Parts - $37, Labor - $103)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$159
147 Reviews
Uptown Automotive
address
1089 San Mateo Ave, San Francisco, CA
Oil Change Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$150
(Parts - $37, Labor - $113)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$200
139 Reviews
Chrome Rose Automotive
address
215 W State Rd 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oil Change Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$120
(Parts - $37, Labor - $83)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$95
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my oil?

Mechanics are no strangers to oil changes—some even change several a day! That being said, after determining you need an oil change by examining your engine code, your mechanic will follow these steps: 
  1. Check oil levels: Before lifting your vehicle or going into a pit underneath the car, your oil levels are examined to determine the condition of your current oil. If your car’s oil is a tan or amber color, and is between the two notches on the dipstick, this means it’s in good condition. 
  2. Oil drainage: Next, your mechanic will either lift or go underneath your vehicle to remove the oil pan/undertray. This enables the old oil to drain and creates room for new oil. 
  3. Oil/air filter: Once your oil is drained, the mechanic will change your oil filter. Often, they will also check your car and/or cabin air filter to see if it needs clearing or a change as well. 
  4. Replace oil: Now, it’s time for new oil. The oil pan/undertray will be secured back on your car and then the engine will be filled with oil using a funnel for added support. 
  5. Inspection: At the end of your oil change service, your mechanic will check the levels of your oil once more to ensure that the right amount was filled. 

What happens if I don’t have an oil change?

Oil changes are essential to the proper functioning of your engine and even help extend its lifespan. While it’s alright to go over recommended mileage by a few hundred miles, continuous neglect can cause adverse effects. 
When oil is left too long, it becomes a dark black color, thanks to a build up of sludge on your engine. With the passage of time, this can lead to friction points, clog important components, or in worst case scenarios, cause engine seizure. 

What is an oil change?

An oil change is a car repair process that involves removing used oil in your car’s engine to replace it with fresh oil. Engine oil is a lubricant, allowing the parts of your vehicle to operate without overheating or stopping. 
Without a working oil filter, debris and particles are able to pass through, darkening and thickening the oil. This stops the oil from absorbing the heat required to lubricate the engine. Left unchecked, thick oil and a faulty oil filter can cause serious engine problems. 

When should I replace the oil in my car?

Oil changes are a part of routine maintenance on your car, and are recommended to be completed every 5,000-7,000 miles, though it’s important to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see how often you should be changing your oil. 
Here are some common symptoms that occur when it’s time for an oil change:
  1. Knocking/ticking sound: Oil helps your engine run effectively and when oil is old, the engine starts to make a knocking sound while engaged, or a ticking noise when starting. These sounds are alerting you of a potential oil change requirement.
  2. Irregular oil textures: One sure way to determine if you need an oil change is to test it. If you remove the dipstick and the oil is dark and grimy or low, you need to complete an oil change.
  3. Warning lights: Oftentimes, if you’re low on oil or are in need of a change, a warning light will appear on your dashboard to remind you. Also located on your dashboard is your engine code, which a mechanic will review to determine if you need an oil change. 
  4. Exhaust smoke: This is one of the more severe cases, but sometimes exhaust smoke can come from the exhaust pipe to signal poor oil conditions.
  5. Vibrations in idle: Abnormal vibrations when in idle mode can also be attributed to low or old oil. 

How often should oil be replaced?

Oil change intervals vary, depending on your vehicle and the oil you use. With newer models, the recommended time frame is every 5,000-7,000 miles. However, if your vehicle uses synthetic oil, it can typically last for a longer period of time, allowing you to travel up to 7,500-15,000 miles before needing an oil change.
Keep in mind: Most manufacturers also request that you change your oil filter every time you have your oil replaced to keep contaminants from entering your car’s engine. 

Can I replace my oil myself?

Yes, you can complete an oil change yourself—in fact, it’s a fairly simple process and you will save yourself the labor fees at service centers. In addition to oil and a new oil filter, to complete an at-home oil change, you will need a wrench (to remove the drain plug), an oil filter wrench, oil drain pan, funnel, gloves, and a car jack. 

FAQs

Conventional and synthetic oil types both have their advantages and disadvantages—and what you select is dependent on your vehicle’s make and model. Synthetic oil is more refined than conventional, and emits fewer emissions. However, conventional oil has better lubrication properties, reducing the change of grinding gears and engine wear. 
Currently, there are 4 different types of motor oil on the market: 
  1. Conventional oil: This is the least expensive option, and is made from crude oil. 
  2. Full synthetic: Full synthetic oil is a step up from conventional, and is made of refined and purified crude oil. This enables it to offer better engine protection and performance. This type of oil is generally used on vehicles that tow heavier loads, spend less time in intense weather, and are equipped with turbocharged engines.
  3. Synthetic blend: Synthetic blend is a combination of conventional and synthetic oil, and often is priced in between the two.
  4. High milage: This type of oil is used to help enhance the performance of engines over 75,000 miles. It can be any of the three oils listed above, with additives mixed in.
Most modern vehicles are designed to run best on one particular type of oil, so be sure to check your owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends.
Full-service oil changes come with additional maintenance steps that can help enhance your vehicle’s performance. Some of these extra services include:
  • Fluid top-off (washer fluid, transmission fluid, power steering and engine coolant)
  • Inspection of brake fluid levels
  • Tire pressure exam
  • Belt, hose, skid plate and undercarriage inspection 
  • Leak prevention review
  • Wiper blade repair
  • Car battery service
Yes. Oil is used to increase your vehicle’s performance, and if you delay having it changed, you will cause your car engine to work harder, damaging your overall fuel economy.

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John Davis
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Certified mechanic with 10+ years of experience
John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
Prior to joining Jerry’s editorial team, John worked as a mechanic and freelance writer, creating content for clients including HotCars and SetPower.
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Before joining Jerry as a senior content editor in 2021, Jessica created visual content for clients such as Expedia, Vivid Seats, Budget Direct Car Insurance, Angie’s List, and HomeAdvisor. Her content was published in Business Insider, Forbes, Apartment Therapy, and the BBC.
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Kathleen Flear is an expert insurance writer and editor who heads up Jerry’s editorial team as director of content. Kathleen empowers drivers to make smart car ownership decisions through  best-in-class articles on insurance, loans, and maintenance. Prior to joining Jerry in 2021, Kathleen served as managing editor for a team of SEO content marketing professionals at Article-Writing.co and worked as a freelance writer and editor for a range of digital publications, including Chicago Literati magazine and Golden Words. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Queen’s University, and a master’s degree in creative writing and fiction from Sierra Nevada University.
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