What Type of Oil Is Best for Your Car?

Blog | Feb 25, 2017

If you have ever taken a stroll down the automotive aisles at your local big box retailer or visited an auto parts supply store, you will notice a wide variety of brands and types of motor oils from which to choose for your car.

How do you decide which one is the best? It all depends on several different factors, including:

  • The Age of the Car – Older vehicles can benefit from specific oil blends, while newer vehicles could require synthetic blends or full synthetic oil.
  • The Type of Engine – Electric and hybrid vehicles can have different oil requirements than traditional gasoline or diesel engines.
  • The Type of Driving – If most of your time is spent making long commutes to and from work, a higher mileage oil is often a better choice so you don’t have to get it changed as often.

Aside from these factors, you should review the owner’s manual that came with your vehicle. The manufacturer will provide its recommendations on the type of oil you should use, along with the correct viscosity. The viscosity is determined by the numbers and letters you see on the outside of oil containers, such as 5W-30, 10W-40, and so on.

You should always match the viscosity rating to whatever type of oil you use in your vehicle. For assistance in determining the best oil for your vehicle, and to have it changed, stop by your nearest full-service car wash Cobblestone Auto Spa location—or call us at (602) 788-9274 for directions!