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How much does an oil change cost?

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An oil change is an essential part of car maintenance that all drivers need to carry out. Most manufacturers recommend an annual oil change for your vehicle.

Why do cars need oil?

Engine oil is the lifeblood of any car. It’s the key ingredient to a healthy engine, helping to keep your car running smoothly.

Changing the oil in a car is an essential part of maintenance and shouldn't be ignored. You will know when you need to change the oil as soon as the yellow oil service warning light on your dashboard comes on. As soon as this happens, you should take your car to a garage. A change is recommended every 3,000 or so miles, though if you use a synthetic variety, you may be able to go 10,000 miles before changing.

However, if you drive your car fast, or live in a hot, cold or dusty environment, you may need to change the oil in your car more often. If you have an older car you may need to have it changed more frequently too.

The changing process is not a complicated job. However, it can be very messy as it involves draining old oil from underneath the car whilst the new batch being poured in.

How much is an oil change?

Changing engine oil is one of the easiest services for a mechanic, with the average cost for the service across all manufacturers just under £80. 

But, how much does an oil change cost on average across different car makes? The prices below highlight the average costs for a range of different models. The only way to get an accurate quote is by entering your details to post a job on our oil change comparison page.

Oil change cost by manufacturer*

Average cost of oil change by manufacturer

* This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar between 02/07/2021 and 30/09/2021

Why is it important to have a filter change?

It is essential that your filter is also changed, as your engine's performance depends greatly on the distribution of oil throughout the system.

The filter allows dirt and debris to be cleared out of the car engine, which is vital to keep it running. However, much like a hoover, the filter can become clogged up and the performance of the whole system is affected as a result.

The mechanic who is changing your oil will also clean the filter as this is part of the process. Make sure to find out from the car owner’s manual which oil and filter is correct for your car.

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