How much should a synthetic oil change cost?

I’m about to get a first oil change for my new car but I’m worried about getting ripped off. How much should synthetic oil change cost on average?

Tiffany Leung · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
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A synthetic oil change should cost anywhere from $65 to $125. The total cost will depend on the type and amount of oil required, your location, and the mechanic’s labor cost. However, if your mechanic is charging much more, take your business elsewhere.
Top-quality synthetic oil can cost $20 to $30 per five-quart bottle, so changing your own oil plus the oil filter will run you about $75. Thankfully, synthetic oil lasts longer, so oil changes aren’t required as frequently.
To check if your oil needs changing, here’s what you can look out for:
  • The oil has darkened to brown or black like soda
  • The oil has a coarse or gritty texture
  • The oil has an abnormal scent like smoke or burning
  • The engine is makes abnormal sounds
  • The car’s performance is getting worse
While it may be tempting to prolong the interval between oil changes to save money, it could cause damage to your engine. This could lead to greater maintenance costs.
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