Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with the American Petroleum Institute. I was provided a gift card to get my oil changed at a quality provider. All opinions are my own.
I’m married to a serious car buff. The guy LOVES automobiles and knows them inside and out. He can talk catalytic converters, camshafts and cylinder blocks with the best of them. He watches all of those car shows on television and spends HOURS at the South Florida International Auto Show every year. What this means for me is this: I RARELY enter auto repair shops, tire, or parts stores. He takes care of ALL that kind of stuff. So, while I knew that cars needs motor oil to function properly, I had no idea that the QUALITY of the oil mattered.
At least, not until the American Petroleum Institute told me about Motor Oil Matters, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program for licensing motor oil distributors and oil change locations. It was created to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and to call out those who engage in deceptive practices. Apparently motor oil scams are widespread and oil change spots are quick to offer discounted services to those who are looking to save pennies. Consumers should make sure that their service provider is pouring quality motor oil into their car BEFORE they decide on a cheaper deal.
AAA says that they expect to provide assistance to more then eight million motorists this summer and advises drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding breakdowns. Ensuring quality motor oil in your car is one way to prevent road trip problems.
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I’m getting my oil changed next week at a MOM approved location. Stay tuned to find out how it went AND get your chance to win a $50 gift card for YOUR next oil change!