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You can probably wait a little longer than 3,000 miles to change the oil

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Technology, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 at 2:29 pm
A stock photo of a person changing the oil in a vehicle.

Do new cars need their oil changed every 3,000 miles? 

It wasn’t all that long ago that people marveled when an automobile came with both an AM and FM radio. Given the kind of technology found in a lot of the latest Honda vehicles found at the Meridian Honda showroom, the idea of radio seems quaint in and of itself. Giant leaps in technology in the automotive industry aren’t limited to just how we entertain ourselves while we’re out the road. We hear the question, ‘Do new cars need their oil changed every 3,000 miles,’ pretty often. It very much surprises people when they learn this old chestnut is as outdated as the factory-built tape deck. We reached out to a few of the master Honda technicians in the Meridian Honda Service Department to get a few answers. 

READ MORE: Looking for a vehicle that isn’t afraid to get dirty? 

How often should I get my Honda oil changed? 

By and large, new cars, trucks and SUVs can go about 5,000 miles between oil changes. This is directly because of the implementation of synthetic motor oil used by most automakers, including Honda. Synthetic oil is better at protecting an engine across a broader range of temperatures for longer periods of time than conventional oil. Additionally, most synthetic oils will also clean out an engine as it circulates, which will help owners get the most for their investment in their vehicle. 

However, it’s always important to pay attention to the maintenance guidelines and intervals laid out in the owner’s manual. 

Why do some cars need oil changes more often? 

When someone refers to a vehicle as old, they might mean it was built a long time ago or it has a lot of miles on the odometer. Sometimes it’s both of those things. But there are some situations when vehicles will need to have their oil changed sooner than every 5,000 miles. If you experience any these driving situations, you might need more frequent oil changes:

• Make a lot of very short trips (less than five miles) 
• Driving in very hot, very cold or very dusty areas 
• Spend a lot of time in bumper-to-bumper traffic 
• Tow very heavy trailers 

Each vehicle has different service needs based on how it is used. Make an appointment with the Meridian Honda Service Department if you have any questions about getting the most from your car, truck or SUV. 

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Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

Our team at Meridian Honda is excited to get to know each of our customers on a personal level. At Meridian Honda, you will be able to browse an extensive selection of Honda cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and crossovers. This includes all of the headliners from the Honda model lineup, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot. In addition to our inventory of new vehicles, Meridian Honda is home to many top-quality pre-owned models from Honda and other brands. Take a look around our website to learn more about everything we have to offer at Meridian Honda. We look forward to your visit!