They even put a sticker in your window so that it reminded you every……single……day. I knew it was wrong. It says it right there in your vehicle’s manual the correct amount of miles you should wait between changes. Yet the marketing of the oil change places prevailed new JiffyLubes and equivalents were put up on every corner. Hundreds of millions of barrels of oil wasted on the myth that we were all saving money and our engines from damage. And now CheckYourNumber.org is proving me right.
One of my first websites, and one of many that never was completed, was a site that showed the recommended mileage between oil changes by make and model of car. Real data from the actual car manuals directly from the manufacturer. I had the data but never could get it up and running. Looks like someone beat me to it. California has created their own website with the same data. CheckYourNumber.org. It’s a simple site, put in your car’s info and they tell you how many miles are recommended between oil changes.
I have no idea why this is now jut become part of the oil saving movement but I sure hope it catches on. Not to hurt the businesses of the oil change companies but because it’s what’s best for the car and it saves oil. Per usual, I tried to come up with a better domain for this type of site but I can’t really come up with a better name. The dot org certainly works but they don’t own the dot com. Simon Butterworth of the Mrs. Butterworth fortune owns it and got it 6 months before the dot org was even registered and I imagine he gets a lot of free traffic.
PS: I made up the Mrs. Butterworth thing and I don’t really own a Porsche that was in the graphic above. I DO own a car that has 15,000 between changes. Gotta love the Germans.