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Oil Changes – An Important Part of Routine Maintenance

At Graff Bay City, it's our goal to not only provide superior auto service, but to help inform you of your vehicle's needs. Understanding your vehicle's regular routine maintenance needs, along with Chevrolet scheduled maintenance, is a main component in properly caring for your vehicle & extending its life.

If you've been a driver and vehicle owner for at least a few months, you might realize that oil changes are the most frequently needed routine maintenance services. By following the industry-wide rule of thumb, you should be having your oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles. Many drivers will continue getting oil changes, without knowing the true benefits of doing so! Check out the information we've put together below, and let us know if you have any questions.

The Benefits of Getting an Oil Change

Getting a regular oil change will improve your vehicle’s overall performance, as well as extend the life of the engine – it is essentially the life-blood of your vehicle, which is why it’s imperative that you regularly change it. Oil that's new or in good shape will do the following:

*Properly lubricate the engine's components *Remove heat from engine that comes from the friction of moving parts *Protect the engine by removing particles and sludge from components *Help the vehicle achieve optimal fuel consumption through proper lubrication

As the oil passes through the filter, it is the filter’s job to remove the harmful deposits from recirculating. If the harmful deposits aren’t removed, your engine may perform poorly and eventually break down. This is why it's important to have your oil filter changed at every other oil change. Our technicians will always inspect your filter during an oil change service to make sure it's in good shape.

If you decide to add engine oil yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for the weight, grade, and type of oil to use. Using different oil other than what is recommended by the manufacturer may void your manufacturer’s warranty. If you aren’t sure what kind of engine oil you should be using, feel free to contact one of our service experts – they would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Why You Should Get Your Oil Changed at a Dealership

As opposed to independent auto shops, a dealership is tied to an auto manufacturer. For us at Graff in Bay City, we're tied to Chevrolet. This is a point of pride for us to not only be connected to a great American brand, but one that cares about quality across the board. By getting an oil change at a dealership, you can be sure of a few things:

*Our technicians know Chevrolet and GM vehicles inside and out. This means it's highly unlikely any mistakes will be made during service, including a simple oil change service. *If you have a new Chevrolet, it will remain positively under warranty if you visit a GM dealership like Graff Chevrolet Bay City for services. *New, clean, properly marked oil will be put in your car and your filter will be inspected and replaced if necessary. Some independent shops have been caught using questionable practices such as re-using filtered oil, skipping the oil filter replacement, and upselling unnecessary services.

Schedule an Appointment Online at Graff Chevy in Bay City

At the Graff Chevrolet Service Center in Bay City, we know the importance of routine maintenance. We also know that if getting your vehicle serviced is difficult and unpleasant, it is unlikely that you will stick to a vehicle maintenance schedule. To help you take care of your car and enjoy the service experience as much as possible, we make getting an oil change a quick and simple process. All you have to do to make an appointment is to fill out our scheduling form online or to give our friendly team a call at (989) 684-4411 for an oil change at our dealership location on Wilder Road. You can also visit our Graff Xpress Quick Lube location at 1410 S Euclid, Bay City, MI 48706 for oil changes starting at $18.95. We hope to see you soon!

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