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An older vehicle has some different needs, do you know what they are?

Do high-mileage cars need synthetic oil? 

The easiest and most cost-effective way to keep a vehicle on the road is to make sure the oil is changed on time. If you take care of your vehicle it will take care of you for a long time. However, as the miles tick by on the odometer, the needs to keep your car, truck or SUV in peak condition might change. So, do high-mileage cars need synthetic oil? That depends on several factors. A Poulin Auto Sales service expert will be able to let you know what you should be doing to take the best care of your vehicle as possible. Most experts agree that the 75,000-mile mark is where things start to change. Let’s take a closer look at a few things you might need to know. 

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What is synthetic oil? 

There are two basic types of synthetic oil. One starts life as crude oil that is pumped out of the ground and the other is completely created in a lab. Both versions offer several advantages over conventional oil including better overall protection across a wider range of temperatures and it offers a longer interval between oil changes.  

Age Versus Mileage 

If your vehicle was manufactured in the last several years, it probably already uses synthetic oil. Modern engines are built to run with synthetic oils and switching to conventional could have some negative consequences. Generally speaking, if a vehicle is already using synthetic oil they should just keep going in that direction. However, there are plenty of available options for high-mileage oils that are designed to work with these vehicles. 

On the other hand, older vehicles that have been using conventional oil could benefit from the change to synthetic when the time comes. There are numerous seals inside of an engine that could be reconditioned after making the change to a high-mileage synthetic oil.  

Poulin Auto Sales is here to help you with anything that will allow you to get the most out of your vehicle.