Friday, July 26, 2013

Motor Oil Matters and a $50 giveaway

Motor Oil Matters- The Happy Wife

I was never taught about the importance of preventative maintenance when I was younger.  When my husband and I got married, I found oil changes to be a waste of money that we did not have.  It was not until my husband explained that by taking care of the vehicle BEFORE problems arose, it would cause fewer problems TO arise.  In fact, AAA expects between the major summer holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day to aid over eight million motorists, and cautions drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding summertime travel breakdowns. Ensuring quality motor oil in your car is one way to prevent road trip problems. My next plan to save money on the now necessary oil changes was to have my husband do them himself, because DIY is always less expensive right?  Well, when you factor in the costs and time it takes to buy everything and do the oil change, I discovered you can usually find a reputable place to do your oil change, that will give you a similar, if not better value.  

So now I understand the importance of having my oil changed and why it is usually not cost-effective to do it myself, what else do I need to know?  Motor Oil Matters, or MOM, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, has been established to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call on to the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices. It is important to note that service-locators can be quick to offer discounted services to people who are looking to reduce their automotive maintenance costs.  Make sure your service provider is pouring quality motor oil into your car before you decide on a cheaper deal.  MOM has also put together a great checklist that you can take with you when deciding on a service provider. 

In addition to being a great resource for your vehicle maintenance, MOM is also giving one of my readers a $50 gift card to use on your next oil change.

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Disclaimer- The Motor Oil Matters information and gift cards have been provided by Motor Oil Matters.


  1. To check your owners manual for certain grade oil specific to make and model

  2. Thank you for the giveaway! :)