Learn why Motor Oil Matters and win a $50 prepaid Visa!!! (ENDS 8/3/13)

0105c101-a952-40d7-abdf-effec56f4b4c This post is sponsored by Motor Oil Matters. The Motor Oil Matters information and gift cards have been provided by Motor Oil Matters. All opinions are my own.

I do not pretend to know anything about automobiles. Like many in my case, I often just take my car to my dealer or the nearest lube station and trust they’ll give me the best oil change ever.

I had no idea there was a checklist I was supposed to follow! All I knew was that whenever the little man popped up amid my dashboard warning lights, it would be time to take my car in for an oil change.

Take note of this little nugget: 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.

It’s important that your motor oil meets certain standards. Get the wrong kind of oil in your car and it will cause carbon buildup and, as a friend of mine explained, “gum up your oil filter and not get enough oil through to your engine.”

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.

To make sure you are getting exactly what you need, Motor Oil Matters has made this handy Oil Change Checklist that you can print out and bring with you next time you get your car serviced. It includes important questions to ask your service technician. Motor Oil Matters also has a handy Oil Change Location Search Tool where you can enter your ZIP and immediately find API-licensed technicians who are MOM-approved!

With that said, MOM wants your next oil change to be free with a $50 prepaid Visa! Just follow the instructions below for your chance to win!!! Good luck on the road and in the giveaway!


  1. Good tips especially checking your receipt. I can’t tell you how many times I have caught them in a lie!
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  2. Jennifer says:

    I like the part that mentions “Do you know what you’re getting?” (When you get an oil change) There are a few things I didn’t know I should be concerned about when getting an Oil Change. I’ll be paying better attention from now on. This truly was helpful. Thank you.

  3. Leslie Galloway says:

    I learned that I need to ensure that I’m getting a “Full” oil change including air filter!

  4. canerdygirl says:

    I didn’t know to ask to have the oil used labeled on the receipt. I also like having the MOM licensed installer list.

  5. Sediet says:

    Getting your receipt!

  6. helen sampson says:

    I’m going to have to double check that I’m using “..the correct viscosity”…

  7. kolpin says:

    i like the part that discusses oil levels and viscosity.

  8. Rona B

    Use the right viscosity for your vehicle. Refer to the owner’s manual.
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  9. Jessie C. says:

    I learned to make sure the oil change includes a fresh filter

  10. JohnZ

    Making sure of the right viscosity
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  11. Mary Beth Elderton

    I learned that we need to read our owner’s manuals to find the right oil for our particular cars—that viscosity matters.

  12. Kelsey Apley says:

    I learned tocheck receipt to ensure they used the correct oil and such!

  13. Learned to double check your receipt to make sure you got the correct oil

  14. Mami2jcn says:

    I like the tip about looking for the API starburst or API donut symbols.

  15. Lindsay

    I like that it mentioned viscosity.
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  16. Sarea

    All of it was important for me, especially being a sale mom. . . I will be checking my receipt from now on!
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  17. Joe DeRouen says:

    It’s good to use quality motor oil when getting an oil changed.

  18. Bel says:

    Apparently, there are no “API-licensed technicians who are MOM-approved” in my area. :(

  19. Anna Pry says:

    i should find out what places are licensed before i get my oil changed

  20. Rosie says:

    I love the link that has a list of locations that MOM approves – that meets with their quality standards!!!

  21. Jill H says:

    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!

  22. Terry Madden says:

    I like making sure to right down the dates of next oil change.

  23. Tabathia B says:

    To get a receipt and make sure that the filter is replaced when the oil is changed

  24. Courtnie Miller says:

    I learned to look for the API donut and starburst.

  25. Kara Kieran

    How to know what clean oil looks like

  26. Stephanie G says:

    I noticed that you should always make sure they are using oil with the correct viscosity for your vehicle according to your manual and also make sure the correct filter is included in your oil change.

  27. Valencia says:

    I learned that certfied oils have a specific donut symbol on them.

  28. Lisa Brown says:

    I liked that the list reminds you to be sure to get a filter change at the time of your oil change.

  29. Amy Orvin says:

    I like knowing that to get a full charge, also change the filter.

  30. Kelly D says:

    I noticed that you should always check your receipt after an oil change to make sure you got the type of oil you requested.

  31. liz l says:

    Getting your receipt!

  32. Stacy

    I just realized at my last oil change that the preferred oil was written on my oil fill cap. Oops!

  33. Lisa R says:

    I learned to make sure the oil change includes a fresh filter

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  34. Rebecca L. Oaks

    I am very glad that they mentioned the importance of getting your oil filter changed when you get your oil changed. Getting and checking your receipt is important, too!

  35. Heather Manu says:

    All really good tips. I liked how it mentioned to check your receipt, and to make sure you know what oil they are putting into your vehicle.

  36. Annemarie Z. says:

    I like that it states to get a fresh filter with your oil change.

  37. Dana says:

    the viscoity question-I have no idea about motor oil

  38. carole says:

    always double check your receipt

  39. Sarah Cool says:

    I learned that i should look for Oils certified as meeting
    the API standards which i did not know before!

  40. mike T says:

    I like the word viscosity

  41. laurie says:

    I like about the motor oil and the type you are getting

  42. jessica edwards says:

    ck to see if they used the correct oil

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