Motor Oil Matters {Giveaway}

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So how many of you have road trips planned for this summer?  Or maybe you’ve already done one and are home already.  As most of you know, my family just completed an 816 mile trip, in not just one vehicle but two, to get to our new home here in Texas (and we did that trip twice in May also).

While I was not entirely confident in my driving skills to get down here (I made it though!), I was confident that our cars would hold up on the journey because although they’re fifteen and twelve years old, we take them in for maintenance religiously.

Whether it’s for a major overhaul and tire rotation or just an oil change, when the maintenance record says it needs to be done, our vehicles go in for some pampering.

And it seems as if that’s a good practice, because 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.

And speaking of oil changes, MOM wants you to be in the know when it comes to motor oil changes.  That mom isn’t necessarily me (although I do agree with this public service announcement) – it’s the experts at Motor Oil Matters.

MOM is a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, that has been established to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call on to the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices.

You might be like us and take your vehicles in to a dealership or service center for oil changes.  Some of them 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.

To make sure you’re aware of what questions to ask at your next oil change, MOM has provided this checklist.  You can click on it to download and print it.

Even if you change your own oil, it’s good to look over the checklist to know what to look for in your vehicle’s manual or under the hood.

So the next time I need an oil change I’ll be taking along my MOM checklist to guarantee that we’re getting high quality oil, and it’s a good way to check that we’re going to a reputable servicing place too!

You can learn more about why Motor Oil Matters on their website, Facebook page and on Twitter.

Win it!

I’m happy to announce that MOM is giving a $50 Visa gift card to one reader so they can go get an oil change done with quality motor oil!

212 thoughts on “Motor Oil Matters {Giveaway}

  1. When's your next oil change because I do like that they will give you a sticker to let you know apporximately when you are due again

  2. I found: "Did you get a receipt?" interesting. Most of us don't look at it thoroughly, or even at all, and are trusting that the right oil and amount were used.

  3. Did you get a receipt? I trust my mechanic but someone could be really dishonest if they wanted to.

  4. I like the Questions Did you get a receipt most because very few places remind us to skim the receipts over for discrepancies

  5. Do you know what your getting? I liked this one because I don't usually pay attention — I just trust them.

  6. I like that they question "do you know what you're getting?". It's so important to know instead of just nodding your head to whatever they say!

  7. Getting a full change? It is important to make sure you get a good quality filter! I also know many places say they check fluids, wipers, etc., and they don't, but the filter is very imp.

  8. I think did you get a receipt, because it never would have occurred to me to double check I got the correct brand.

  9. Do You Know what You Are Getting? I liked this question because I thought it was interesting that some place won't confirm it in writing on your receipt.

  10. The most interesting question is are you getting the right viscosity. Your owners manual will tell you the correct one to get for your car.

  11. I learned that you need to make sure that the oil's viscosity is right for your vehicle.

  12. I found this tip of checking your receipt to make sure you got the motor oil recommended or requested most useful/helpful


  13. Learnd that SAE 5W-20 and 5W-30 are often recommended for today’s cars.
    The viscosity might even be printed on the oil fill cap under the hood

  14. Use the viscosity recommended in your vehicle’s owner's manual.
    SAE 5W-20 and 5W-30 are often recommended for today’s cars

  15. most insteresting ? to me was "did u get a receipt?" — i never thought of checking receipt after oil change to make sure they put in correct oil

  16. I found this, "Is it API-licensed?" interesting because I never knew this was important 🙂

  17. Are you getting the right viscosity?

    When I had a diesel truck this was a question, a good one.

  18. I found the question "Did you get a receipt?" interesting because I'd never think to verify it in writing that I got what I paid for.

  19. Do you know what your getting-I know it it is important to get the right oil for your vehicle

  20. Are you getting the right viscosity?, I'm not sure that is something that ever occurred to me.

  21. I found Are you going to a MOM-licensed installer the most interesting. There aren't any within an hour of me according to their list, yikes!

  22. The question I found most interesting is: Are you getting the right viscosity? I usually just trust that the mechanic will get this right, but I know now I should be more informed about the oil that's going into my car!

  23. When's the next oil change due…I have no clue. My husband always takes care of things like that. Guess I need to learn more about it.

  24. Doyouknow whatyou’regetting?

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  25. the one about the oil filter. I thought it was something that had to be changed every once in a while not with every oil change. Thank you!

  26. Check you receipt to see what oil and how much was put in I have never done that I never even thought too I know that was stupid but I will from now on!

  27. I never thought to check the receipt to ensure that I got the correct oil. Great tip!

  28. Are you getting the right viscosity? People have all these ideas about what you should have and at what times of the year.

  29. I found the Are you getting the right viscosity interesting.
    Use the viscosity recommended in your vehicle's owner manual. SAE 5W-20 and 5W-30 are often recommended for today's cars. The viscosity might even be printed on the oil fill cap under the hood!

  30. The question I found most interesting was, "Do you know what you are getting?" I never really thought about this fact. I need to pay more attention.

  31. Are you API certified. If they get offended by questions you dont need to give them your buisness.

  32. The question that I thought was most interesting is Am I getting the right viscosity of oil ? It is very important to use the right oil that the manufacturer recommends in order for my car to run smoothly and not damage the engine.

  33. "Did you get a receipt?" is the question I am most interested in. A lot of time we do just put the receipt in our purse/billfold and do not look at and we need to to know what service was performed

  34. I like the question: Time for a change? I'm terrible about paying attention and getting the time right.

  35. I thought this was interesting as I didn't know they had dedicated locations for this!

  36. I found the question "Getting a full change?" the most interesting because I know they do not always give me a new filter.

  37. Are you getting a full change? I always assumed I was, but now I'll read the receipt more carefully! Thanks.

  38. To always make sure to get a receipt and to make sure that the filter is changed when the oil is changed

  39. I was most interested in the question Getting a full change? I didn't realize that some companies don't change the oil filter.

  40. I like getting a full change, it's hard to know if you're getting right amount oil put in your car.

  41. I found the most interesting question to be: Areyougettingthe rightviscosity? 🙂 Thank you.

  42. Do you have your receipt? – I'm guilty of throwing them away immediately, then I have nothing documented later.

  43. Getting a full change? Thats what I found most interesting! I never was aware your supposed to get a clean filter every time you get a oil change.

  44. "Are you getting the right viscosity?" is the most interesting to me because I have to rely upon the expertise of the manual as I have no idea why the viscosity matters at all.

  45. Are you getting the right viscosity?

    It not that hard to change the oil yourself and it's much cheaper. I prefer to do it myself because I know what I'm getting. It's one of the basic my dad taught me when I got my first car. (…that and how to change a tire)

  46. Did you get a Full Change? That's a great question, some people don't know what all it should include.

  47. I found this tip of checking your receipt to make sure you got the motor oil recommended or requested.

  48. "Do you know what your are getting". I have never even thought to ask just assume they are right. This is a goo thing to know going forward in the future.

  49. I like whens your next oil change? we have to write everything down because we always forget dates

  50. Are you getting a full change because I never thought to ask if they changed the oil filter.

  51. I found the Did you get a receipt to me the most important reminder for me, something that I always save, but don't always scrutinize

  52. Gettingafull change?
    Make sure the oil change includes a fresh filter.
    Your owner’s manual probably recommends a
    specific type of oil filter, so make sure the right
    one is included with your oil change.

  53. When’s your next oil change? The garage where I have mine changed puts a sticker on my window of the milage when it's due again. I think it's every 3,000 miles. Thanks for this contest.

  54. Did you get a receipt? I am soooo guilty at not checking this. I always assume that I am getting what I had asked for since I go to a well trusted dealer here. I will be double checking next time my oil is due for a change.

  55. I found the question about a receipt the most interesting, I've never really though to ask for one while getting an oil change/anything car related… I will from now on!

  56. I found Did you get a receipt interesting? You need to cjeck to see what you got with the oil change.

  57. Are you getting the right viscosity?
    Use the viscosity recommended in your vehicle’s owner's manual.
    SAE 5W-20 and 5W-30 are often recommended for today’s cars.
    The viscosity might even be printed on the oil fill cap under the hood

  58. Thanks for the giveaway…manufacturers sometimes recommend different oil change intervals depending on driving conditions and/or driving habits, not strictly millage accrued.

  59. Are you getting the right viscosity? In the younger days, I watched commercials with that word in it and breathed with an open mouth. Huh?

  60. Is it API Licensed , This is something I had never heard of , so, Thank you! We are TRYING , to save up to go see our 19 year old son who is in Navy Boot Camp for his Navy Graduation so if won, this would come in handy! Thank you for the great contest and for the great tips! They will come in handy! <3

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