This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mobil 1 at Walmart

There are many benefits that come from doing something yourself, especially when it means changing your own oil, however it seems few will actually give it the time of day. Perhaps they think it would take up too much of their time, or maybe they just don’t care about the added benefits. Whatever the case, I’ve recently learned firsthand that there are countless benefits to doing my own car’s oil change. Here are just a few:

Rethinking the oil change schedule

Depending on the car and the conditions you’re driving in, it’s usually recommended in the manual to change your oil every 5000-to-10,000 miles. Assuming you drive a fair amount, that doesn’t give you much time in between oil changes. Thankfully, there’s Mobil1 to the rescue.

Benefits of Doing Your Oil Change Yourself with Synthetic Motor Oil
Using Mobil 1™ Annual Protection motor oil on my Toyota Prius

To help rethink the oil change schedule, Mobil 1 has developed Mobil 1™ Annual Protection motor oil, a longer lasting motor oil solution that will provide drivers with the ease of only needing to change their oil once a year.*

But that’s not all…

Save time and money

There is more than one reason I learned how to do my own oil changes. For one, I loathe car dealerships and service centers. This is greatly due to the fact that my first job was in a car dealership, and I can recall seeing just how they would nickel and dime their customers. What kind of service is that?

Service sign

Performing an oil change yourself can save you a ton of money, especially when you’re using a synthetic oil that lasts you an entire year. Think about it, there’s no overhead, no service fee, and no BS, just you taking the bull by the horns and taking care of business.

The second reason, and perhaps most important to me, is time. I’ve saved so much time not scheduling appointments to get my car serviced. There’s nothing I hate more than wasting my time at a service center waiting for my car to be finished. They say it will take an hour, but it turns into two, then three, and then magically, they find additional problems with it. Cha-ching, more money for them.

Service Center

Getting to know your engine

One of my favorite reasons for wanting to do my own oil changes is learning more about my car; more specifically, the engine. Before, I would take my car down to where I purchased it, have them run all their diagnostics, charge me I don’t know how much money to service it, and then I go about my day. Not really quite understanding what they did or what they put into it. Now, I actually understand what it takes to keep my engine healthy and running smooth.

Mobil 1™ Annual Protection motor oil is scientifically proven to reduce oil breakdown and provide longer engine protection, which prevents harmful deposits from developing. Why pay a service center’s premium for that type of quality when you can do it yourself?

Mobil 1 Synthetic Motor Oil

Tried and tested

Still not convinced? Here’s all you need to know.

Mobil 1 put their Mobil 1™ Annual Protection through strenuous tests to make sure they provide their customers with superior, top tier motor oil. This included a 120,000-mile proof performance test on three vehicles, all of which featured turbocharged, direct-injection engines that are known to be tough on oil:

  • 2015 Chevy Malibu LT, 2.0L TGDI
  • 2015 Lexus NX 200t, 2.0L Turbo
  • 2016 Ford Fusion SE, 1.5 L EcoBoost

And it passed with flying colors!


Mobil 1™ Annual Protection motor oil and Mobil 1™ Extended Performance oil filters are available in your local Walmart or at (where I purchased it). I recommend the next time you’re due for an oil change you get online, order yourself the peace of mind of a full year’s protection, and do the oil change yourself. You can thank me later.

*1 year or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Don’t forget, your car has a system that automatically reminds you to change your oil. This is set by the vehicle manufacturer and isn’t affected by the oil that you put in your engine, so when you use Annual Protection, it won’t match the miles you drive. Also, if your car is covered by a warranty, you may need to follow its recommended oil change interval.

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