Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil

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If your vehicle is in need of an oil change, you may be wondering about the difference between synthetic vs. regular oil. While the two options share some similarities, there are a few factors that set the two apart, which could make one option a better fit for your vehicle. Compare synthetic oil vs. regular oil with the service department at Alexandria Volkswagen before setting up an appointment for your next oil change with us.

What is Conventional Oil?

Conventional oil, or “regular” oil is a petroleum-based substance distilled from crude oil that is designed to lubricate engine components to minimize wear and tear. Conventional motor oil has been used in internal combustion engines for decades, and it helps to protect your car’s engine from high temperatures.

What is Synthetic Oil?

Like conventional motor oil, synthetic oil is also petroleum-based. Because it is more stable, it does a better job of lubricating critical engine components. Synthetic oils oxidize less easily, and they are chemically developed from petrochemicals to have enhanced qualities. This is why synthetic oil costs more than conventional oil. Other benefits of synthetic oil include:

  • It is less viscous at lower temperatures.
  • Synthetic oil is better at keeping the engine clean.
  • Vehicles with turbocharged engines receive better protection of critical parts.

Full Synthetic Oil vs. Synthetic Blends

What is the difference between full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blends? As you may have guessed, synthetic blends are a mixture of synthetic oil and conventional oil. This helps to lower the cost while enhancing some of the properties of standard conventional oil. Note: Keep in mind that there are some vehicles that require only synthetic oil. You can find this information in your owner’s manual.

Set Up Your Next Oil Change Today

Now that you know a bit more about synthetic vs. regular oil, it may be time to bring your vehicle in for an oil change. We make it easy to set up your next appointment at our service center online. Contact us today if you have any questions, and be sure to check out our service specials for added savings on routine maintenance.


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