Drove for 3,000 miles? Need an oil change? Think again. Some autobody shops are saying that the frequency of your oil changes depends more upon your driving style than the length of your trip.
"If somebody just drives their car on a Sunday afternoon to and from church," says Colin Heagler of the Astro Tune-Up Center in Wichita, "then they probably don't need to change their oil quite as frequently."
Recently, national chain Jiffy Lube changed its policy of how often it recommends drivers change their oil. It used to recommend getting it changed every 3,000 miles. But now, it says it's ok to go up to five or even seven thousand miles depending on how you drive.
But that doesn't mean you should never get your oil changed.
"I've seen people run their cars completely out of oil and seize their engines up."