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1515 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick, RI, 02886

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Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SunClosed

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil

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So, you pull into a Warwick quick-lube shop to get your car’s oil changed, and you’re presented with a choice – synthetic vs. conventional oil. Which should you choose? Is synthetic worth the extra cost? We’ve put together a comparison below to help you with your synthetic oil vs. regular oil debate. 

But what about synthetic blends? We also do a full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blend comparison as well. Find out which oil type is right for your vehicle with the service center at BMW of Warwick. 

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil – Where It Comes From

Conventional oil comes from the ground. Crude oil is extracted from the earth through wells and then refined until we get conventional oil. Synthetic oil, on the other hand, is created from chemicals. That turns out to be an advantage for synthetic oil, especially since many of our East Greenwich customers are concerned about using up fossil fuels.

Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil – Engine Performance

Synthetic oil has fewer contaminants than conventional oil. That means less engine sludge and buildup. Viscosity is another factor in a synthetic vs. conventional oil comparison. Viscosity is the ability of the oil to flow. Synthetic oil flows better at all temperatures because it is cleaner. 

That means the various parts of your engine are better lubricated with synthetic oil. All of this translates to better engine performance, including better gas mileage in many cases. Synthetic oil also has to be changed less frequently than conventional.

Full Synthetic Oil vs. Synthetic Blend

A synthetic blend mixes full synthetic with conventional oil. It delivers better performance than conventional, but not quite as good performance as full synthetic. A synthetic blend is also less expensive than full synthetic oil, which is often taken into consideration when comparing full synthetic oil vs. synthetic blends.

The knowledgeable professionals in our service center will be happy to walk you through the differences between conventional and synthetic oil. And we make it easy for you to get your car serviced, too. You can even schedule an appointment online to our service center near Providence. 

Get Your Oil Changed at BMW of Warwick

We’re just a short drive away from Cranston. So, drop by or contact us today!

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