What Is Synthetic Oil?

Every component, system, and liquid in your car is essential. Parts of your vehicle, like its oil, make it possible for you to get around town without a hitch. However, did you know there’s a couple different kinds of oil? In addition to conventional oil, there’s synthetic oil.

The two differ quite a bit so, in this guide, we’ll give drivers in Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega all the information they need to understand what synthetic oil is, how much it costs, and more. Let’s get started by looking at what it is exactly.

So, What Really Is It?

Like conventional oil, synthetic oil is a lubricant to keeps your engine running smoothly. Unlike conventional oil, however, it consists of human-made chemical compounds rather than raw natural materials. The funny part about synthetic oil is that it isn’t technically oil at all—it’s often referred to as “non-oil”.

Synthetic oil was developed as an alternative to conventional oil because it performs better under extreme temperatures than petroleum-based oils. This makes it good for high-performance vehicles, like sports cars and heavy-duty trucks.

Additionally, it’s a bit eco-friendlier since it doesn’t require tapping into natural, non-renewable resources in order to meet the demand for oil.

How Much Does It Cost?

As a man-made product, synthetic oil does cost a bit more than conventional oil. The product itself costs more to manufacture than conventional oil, too. However, the costs of both oils typically even out when you consider how often you need to have your oil changed.

As a general rule of thumb, synthetic oil needs to be changed every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. This rounds out to about one synthetic oil change a year. You can wait two to three times longer to change your oil when you use synthetic oil rather than conventional oil, which will save you money because you’re doing it less often.

Where Can I Get Synthetic Oil for My Car?

Synthetic oil is fairly easy to get your hands on. If you know your car is compatible with synthetic oil, you can buy it right off the shelf at any automotive department store. You can also buy synthetic oil at most dealership service centers.

You can also purchase synthetic oil while you’re having your car serviced. For instance, if you bring your car into our service center at Land Rover Santa Fe, we’d be happy to put synthetic oil into your vehicle during a scheduled oil change.

However, if you’ve never used synthetic oil before, but are considering switching over, you’ll want to talk to a professional first. Some cars don’t work well with synthetic oil and other cars simply don’t need them.

Still Have Questions?

We hope this guide to synthetic oil has been helpful and informative. If you still have questions about synthetic oil or want to know more about how you can get it in your vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

You’re also more than welcome to stop by our service center to talk to one of our expertly trained professionals about our synthetic oils and services. We’re just a short drive from Santa Fe, White Rock, and La Cienega. Schedule an oil change today!