How Long Does an Oil Change Take?

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Keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance is an essential part of car ownership, but that doesn’t mean it’s always convenient. You lead a busy life in Raleigh; having an understanding of how much time should be allotted for certain service tasks can help you plan your day effectively. So, when your oil service warning light pops up, how long does an oil change take? Generally, an oil change at an authorized dealership should take no longer than one hour. If you’re getting a BMW oil change at BMW of Southpoint, you can always call us at 919-338-7135 to ask about expected wait times.

How Long Should an Oil Change Take at Home?

Some Cary drivers prefer to take care of certain maintenance items at home. If that’s you, how long should an oil change take when performed on your own? Well, it depends on your experience with DIY maintenance. If you’ve done at-home oil changes before, you’ll probably only need about an hour to complete it. If this is your first time changing oil by yourself, you’ll probably want to allot at least a couple of hours.

Remember, when changing oil at home you will need the proper grade of oil for your vehicle, an OEM oil filter, a new oil filter gasket, a rubber mallet, oil filter wrenches, a car jack, and wheel blocks. If you don’t already have all of this on hand, it may be less time-consuming and less costly to have your oil changed at a dealership service center such as the one here at BMW of Southpoint.

Additional Oil Change Information

Whether you want to change your oil yourself or you prefer to leave it to the professionals, it’s always useful to know more information about your car’s most frequently required services. Here are some additional oil change tips to keep in mind:

  • If you’re accustomed to the old adage that oil should be changed every 3,000 miles, you’ll be happy to know that if you’re driving a new vehicle, you can update that interval to every 5,000—7,500 miles! Some cars can even last up to 10,000 miles between oil services. We recommend checking your owner’s manual for an exact interval.
  • How much is an oil change going to cost? The answer may vary based on your make, model, and oil type. BMW of Southpoint is proud to offer ongoing service specials to help keep your maintenance costs low!
  • Do you know if your car requires synthetic or conventional oil? Synthetic costs more, but it also has special properties that help it last longer between oil changes. Whether you get synthetic or regular oil, the answer to “How long does an oil change take?” is the same: about an hour or less.

Explore BMW of Southpoint Concierge Services

If you can’t make it out of the house or the office for your next oil change, BMW of Southpoint has got you covered. You can use our Concierge Service to request vehicle pick-up and drop-off when you schedule your service appointment! We will pick up your car for service from your location, and return it to you when it’s done. It’s just one of the many ways BMW of Southpoint looks out for our customers, and as a Hendrick Auto Group dealership, it’s part of the Hendrick difference!

Get a Timely Oil Change in Durham

Whether you’re bringing your vehicle in yourself or scheduling pick-up and drop-off with us, you can expect timely, courteous service with BMW of Southpoint. Please contact our service advisors online with any additional questions about oil changes and expected wait times, or take a look at our other service tips if you have more BMW maintenance questions you’d like answered.

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