How often do you change your oil?

June 17, 2008

As recently as 1994, I was told by my auto-dealer to get my oil changed every 3000 miles. With my last couple of vehicles, I have noticed that this has slowly creeped up, first to about 5,000 miles and now it is 7,000 miles – which seems like an eternity between oil changes.

Well, this morning I saw a headline on MyYahoo! that discussed the 3,000 mile oil change myth.

The article discusses how the vast majority (73%) of Californians get their oil changed far more frequently than recommended – resulting in 153.5 million gallons of waste oil annually (although 60% of this is recycled). I would love to see how much this amounts to when looked at nationwide – or even worldwide.

The article sites that years ago, the 3,000 mile “myth” was actually the standard. Basically, in the past, the oil used as not as good as it is today. Today, greatly improved oils and better engines increases the interval in which one needs an oil change.

This is good news for consumers and for the environment. Less frequent oil changes means that this expense can be almost cut in half for consumers [remember to invest this savings!]. It should also cut the waste oil in half too. Gotta love a win-win!

Donna Bordeaux, CPA with Calculated Moves

Creativity and CPAs don’t generally go together.  Most people think of CPAs as nerdy accountants who can’t talk with people.  Well, it’s time to break that stereotype.  Lively, friendly, and knowledgeable can be a part of your relationship with your CPA as demonstrated by Donna and Chad Bordeaux.  They have over 50 years of combined experience as entrepreneurial CPAs.  They’ve owned businesses and helped business owners exceed their wildest dreams.   They have been able to help businesses earn many times more profit than the average business in the same industry and are passionate about helping industries that help families build great memories.