Should drivers choose conventional or synthetic oil?
At Victory Auto in Brooklyn Park, summertime is a busy time.

“This time of year is very busy for our guys,” says Victory Auto Service and Glass General Manager Jason Matt. “We get a lot of people taking road trips out of town and they want to make sure they are safe before they leave.”

Matt applauds consumers who routinely have preventative maintenance performed on their vehicles and he believes more people are investing in maintenance instead of waiting to pay for costly break-downs. He also believes making the choice to use synthetic oil is a good one for some drivers.

“Synthetic is a better-graded formula made for engines that are high-output and high-efficiency,” says Matt. “You are going to save money over time. You are going to have less breakdowns. It keeps your engines cooler and helps you run longer and last longer.”

If you have questions, Matt says to consult your owner’s manual first and then your trusted auto shop.

Travel organization AAA says synthetic oil performs nearly 50 percent better than conventional oil. This year, AAA funded an independent evaluation that revealed synthetic oil helps your car run more smoothly. They found synthetic oil is better for newer vehicles with turbo-charged engines and for vehicles that frequently drive in stop-and-go traffic or in extreme hot or cold conditions.

The average cost of switching to synthetic oil totals about an additional $64 a year, but it can result in fewer oil changes and fewer breakdowns over time.

Shannon Slatton, reporting
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