When Should I Get an Oil Change?

Not everyone is an expert on automobiles, and it can be difficult to remember all the different services and maintenances that you need performed on your vehicle. One that most people do recall is the oil change, but still, how do you know when it’s actually time for a change? At Sharp Automotive, we hope to put this question to rest today so that you can take better care of your ride.

How Do I Know When to Change My Oil?

Before going into specifics, it’s important to recognize that every make and model is a little bit different. At Sharp Automotive, we generally recommend that you change your oil every six months, or 5,000 miles. To see recommendations for your specific vehicle, be sure to read through your Driver’s Manual. Of course, one of the best ways to really check is to simply see for yourself. Even if you’re not extremely car-savvy, it’s a very easy process to see if your vehicle is due for an oil change. Just pop the hood with your vehicle turned off and cooled down on a level plane. Then, locate the dipstick and pull it out of its place. Wipe it off, reinsert it, and repeat the procedure once more. This time when you remove it, take note of how far oil extends up the stick. Most will have notches on them that help you easily judge whether or not you’re running low.

Service

If you see that your oil isn’t going to last much longer, it’s time to come to Sharp Automotive! Service at out dealership is quick and easy. Once you pull up to our bay, one of our expert technicians will greet you and lead you to our comfortable lounge area. In the meantime, we’ll have your hood popped and will go through the simple process of adding fresh, golden oil to your precious ride. While we already are there, we’ll check out other common areas that might need some refreshing, such as your engine air filter, battery, and other fluid levels. This will help you in case you want to take care of multiple maintenances in a single visit.

Online Features

Finally, we try to always be of use to our customers, even when they’re not actually present at our dealership. That’s why we have a superb online Service Department right on our website! Just click the dropdown and you’ll see a host of different forms and features that could be of use to you. Our Ask a Tech form is always helpful, allowing people to pose specific questions to our experienced mechanics. Or you can simply look through all of our current discounts and specials, which will help you save a bit of extra money the next time you decide to come in.

If you’ve ever found yourself asking, “When should I get an oil change?” We hope that you now feel confident about estimating when its time for an appointment, and how to check your oil yourself. If you’re thinking that your ride needs a replacement then schedule an appointment with Sharp Automotive!


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Testimonials

Long distance purchase sight unseen

Alex
6-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Found an incredible deal on a used Toyota. The initial interaction with Nick in sales was great, he sent walk around and interior videos to help understand the condition of the car. After that the communication started to get fumbled, had to make a couple calls throughout the day to get a response. Had a cashier’s check overnighted then was told it would need a week to clear when I had arranged a transport truck to pick up in a few days. After I cancelled the transport I was then told the original pickup date would be fine from the dealer, thankfully the transport company was super flexible. Became a bit of a struggle but ended positive. Overall I would buy hear again, they have great pricing on vehicles and the transport was smooth.

Great service, friendly staff & no pressure atmosphere!

Jessica Starr
3-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service, friendly staff & no pressure atmosphere! Josh & Gary are always great to work with!

They worked HARD to get us what we wanted when someone bought the vehicle we were interested in before we could even drive it.

Ross Hettinger
3-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

They worked HARD to get us what we wanted when someone bought the vehicle we were interested in before we could even drive it.

Service Work

Thomas M Cole
3-7-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The gentleman in service, Tracy Fuerstenau, has always been very helpful in explaining the service my vehicle requires and anything that should be replaced. A very honest person. Thank you Tracy!! Thomas

Baron was wonderful to work with!

Andrea Knox
1-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Baron was wonderful to work with!

Pleasure to do business with, ordered my wheels, took good care of my truck!

Pam Sullivan
1-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Pleasure to do business with, ordered my wheels, took good care of my truck!

Great services, all around!

Lorraine Amos
9-18-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great services, all around! I've bought two vehicles with 100% satisfaction! Lovely customer service and efficient in every department!

Great experience with Don Palmer

Dave Endres
9-7-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great experience with Don Palmer he was very knowledgeable and not pushy. He took the time to show every detail about the vehicle.

Good Folks

Wayne Wesley
8-31-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Good folks

Very Good Job

Greg Keierleber
7-20-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Did a very good job

New Vehicle Purchase

Steve Crocker
CASTLEWOOD, SD
2-8-2018
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

MIKE VEEDER WAS WONDERFUL TO WORK WITH AND WOULD TELL ANYONE TO GO THROUGH HIM!

Excellent dealership!

Annette Roby
Watertown, SD
9-1-2017
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Sharp Auto is an excellent dealership. I recently leased a 2018 Chevy Equinox and the Sharp personnel made it an easy transaction -- I've always received excellent service at Sharp Automotive.

Always Great Service

Lesa Franken
Watertown, SD
12-18-2017
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Always great service! Friendly staff and fast service.

Gary was awesome to work with

Cindy O
10-20-2014
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Gary was awesome to work with....felt like I've known him my whole life! Always got honest answers and he goes the extra mile to find what's right for you and make it happen! Thanks also to Josh and all the other sales guys that were on duty Saturday....you guys were ALL great to work with! Ps....I love my Rav4!!

John White and the staff at Sharp Automotive have completely altered my perception of Auto dealers/sales associates

Kim T.
3-15-2015
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

John White and the staff at Sharp Automotive have completely altered my perception of Auto dealers/sales associates. The team treated me with respect and made this decision/search comfortable, taking so much of the fear out of the process. I halfway expected to be treated with the same condescending treatment I'd been dealt at other dealerships in my search. It was a great process & John helped me get into a terrific vehicle that is safe, dependable & cute enough for me. If the reader is searching for an auto & a memorable experience that is unlike any other dealer in the area, I highly recommend John White and the staff at Sharp Automotive. (Y)

As a mechanic myself, this is one of the few shops I'd trust working on my vehicle.

Shane R.
12-8-2014
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Nice guys, have always taken care of us well. As a mechanic myself, this is one of the few shops I'd trust working on my vehicle.

I will take my car nowhere else.

T R
11-6-2014
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Hands down the best auto shop I have ever found. I will take my car nowhere else. All of their employees are great but one that stands out goes by the name of Chris. He is extremely professional, friendly, and most importantly, knowledgeable. With it being so easy these days for car shops to run up your bill on unnecessary repairs, it feels great to know I have a shop I can't trust.

Any dealership can sell a new car, but the service is where it really counts!!!

Ryan P.
2-20-2015
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I drove my vehicle probably 1500 miles from the Carolina to South Dakota. The dash cracked from the change of temperatures which was connected or surrounding the air vents and Navigation. I told Tracy that I had to get the vehicle in quick to meet the warranty because I knew a new dash would be very expensive. He got the part in ASAP and my car into the shop with a courtesy car. Tracy Fuerstenau 1st class treatment has been spoken to me from my family and acquaintances in town. He has always taken pride in his job, and he told me that is the benefit of living in Watertown people take care of each other. I just would like to thank him for making a broken car experience enjoyable. Any dealership can sell a new car, but the service is where it really counts!!!

Exceptional

Michelle Peck
5-7-2014
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

John White was my salesperson and he was exceptional! He went above and beyond to help answer any questions and explain all of the details. He was vey helpful and accommodating to ensure i was getting the vehicle i wanted with all the options i wanted. I was working with four different dealerships and i can not say enough good about John and everyone at Sharp's. They treated me so professionaly and with so much respect. I did not have the same experience at the other dealerships. As a women buying a vehicle, you are sometimes not treated with respect. John is an exception to this. I never once felt inadequate. He went above and beyond to make it a very positive experience for me.

Buying experience enjoyable

Chad Beynon
5-5-2014
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Mike Kieso was are salesperson he made are buying experience enjoyable. He went up and beyond to answer any questions that we may have had. We really appreciate all your help and we are really enjoying are new Yukon.

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