Common Questions About Synthetic Motor Oil
"I just bought a new car, and I would like to try AMSOIL. Could using AMSOIL void my new car warranty?"
Users of AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil need not fear altering their warranty coverage. The contention that using an after market product like AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil will void your warranty is not true.USING AMSOIL HAS NO EFFECT ON NEW CAR/TRUCK WARRANTIES. Major auto manufacturers and regulatory agencies have determined that warranties must cover all equipment failures they would normally cover that are not caused by the after market product. Consequently, an AMSOIL user's new car warranty still covers all failures resulting from defective original equipment or faulty workmanship by the manufacturer.
The second element of your protection is the AMSOIL Limited Warranty (use AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil as recommended in mechanically sound equipment, and the warranty covers lubricant-related failures). Since AMSOIL motor oils have never once been deemed the cause of an engine's failure, however, this is merely added protection.
"I was always told to change my oil every 3,000 miles if I wanted to keep my car running well. How is it possible to drive 25,000 miles without an oil change using AMSOIL, and will extending my oil change interval void my warranty?"
AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil, in gas aspirated engines, is RECOMMENDED to run for 25,000 miles or one year (5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40) in a mechanically sound engine, providing of course, the oil is kept free of contaminants by changing the oil filter according to the manufacturer's recommendation or, when using an AMSOIL Oil Filter, changing the filter at six months or 12,500 miles which ever comes first. Amsoil coined the phrase "extended drain interval" and it's been validated by over 20 years of industry testing and by tens of thousands of motorists and millions of over-the-road miles. Based on their results, 25,000 miles is a conservative estimate. Other Amsoil engine oils, 15W40 as an example, carry a recommended change of two to 3 times the normal manufacturer's recommended change interval.
AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil performs so well for so long because it doesn't break down in intense heat as conventional petroleum oils do. It doesn't form performance-robbing deposits, and it doesn't volatize, which can adversely affect lubricant performance by altering viscosity and increasing oil consumption. Finally, AMSOIL's additive package, a key element in a lubricant's ability to function, holds up under engine stresses, remaining serviceable for the full 25,000 miles and when the Amsoil BY-PASS Filter is used with a good oil analysis program the oil change may be extended to 100,000 miles and beyond.
Note also that extending drain intervals, like using AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil in general, does not affect new car warranties. In fact, according to a GM representative, "Warranty applicability is contingent upon the cause of failure and generally covers defects in material and workmanship only." In other words, the only situation in which warranty coverage would change is the case of lubricant-related failure (in which case the AMSOIL Limited Warranty protects the consumer).
"AMSOIL costs more than my regular oil does. How can I justify paying this higher cost?"
AMSOIL Synthetics Motor Oil is more expensive off the shelf than most petroleum oils. But comparing AMSOIL and other motor oils is like comparing apples and oranges: AMSOIL'S performance so far exceeds that of conventional motor oil, it's really a different class of product. AMSOIL is a premium product that rightfully commands a premium price.
Like anything of real value, however, the true consumer cost doesn't end with the off-the-shelf price. AMSOIL Motor Oil is extremely cost effective compared to conventional 3,000 mile / 5000 km drain interval oils in savings realized in fuel economy, reduced repairs, fewer oil changes, reduced downtime, reduced maintenance and extended engine life. As an example, if you normally change oil every 3,000 miles and lets say it costs you $25.00 per oil change. When using Amsoil you would only change at 25,000 miles. Your 3,000 mile oil changes would cost you $208.00 for the 25,000 miles while your AMSOIL OIL CHANGE would only cost about $65.00 for the same mileage resulting in a savings of about $143.00!
"I bought a new car a year ago, and I've been running petroleum motor oil in it ever since. Could switching to AMSOIL now cause mechanical problems?"
Switching from petroleum motor oil to AMSOIL (or even mixing the two, if the need arises) is perfectly safe. AMSOIL is 100% compatible with petroleum oils. Mixing AMSOIL and petroleum is not recommended (having petroleum motor oil mixed in detracts from the superior performance of AMSOIL), but there is no danger in doing so. Those who have been using petroleum motor oil in their mechanically sound vehicles can switch to AMSOIL safely. Petroleum motor oil and AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil are only incomparable in the way they perform, not incompatible.
"I've been using a petroleum motor oil since I started driving- that was a long time ago. Why should I switch to AMSOIL when I haven't had any problems with what I'm using?"
We used to use bias belted tires and today they are ALL Steel Belted Radial Tires! Chances are, you're not driving the same car you were when you started driving. Automotive technology has changed a great deal, even in just the past few years. Today's cars have more power, use less gas and have smaller engines than ever before. High performance mixed with small engines means high stresses and increased demands on motor oil.
How expanding technology and modern engine needs affect motor oil is a primary concern of AMSOIL engineers. High-tech engines need high-tech oils like AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil -- designed, not refined. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil's base stock is composed of uniform molecules chosen for their lubricating characteristics. Petroleum oils are a hodge-podge of molecules: some lubricate, others detract from the ability to lubricate. The bottom line? AMSOIL'S engineers can design their motor oil to meet the needs of you and your vehicle, petroleum refiners can't.
Using an oil designed for today's needs can make a world of difference for you and your automobile by providing lower repair costs, the convenience of fewer oil changes, easier starts in cold weather, better gas mileage and longer engine life. You can also expect better engine performance. These factors and the overall savings realized by using AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil make switching to Amsoil the smart and easy choice. I recommend, when changing to ANY synthetic oil you flush your engine. Amsoil's engine flush is the very best on the market and it is a simple matter of just flushing the engine and then installing the new Amsoil. Synthetic Oil. If you do not flush an engine with more than 10,000 miles on it the new synthetic oil will just clean the engine and prematurely will fill up your oil filter. By flushing you don't have that problem. You only need to do this when you first change to Amsoil... not at every oil change.
Why Can't I Find AMSOIL at Stores, Garages, and Car Dealerships?
Amsoil has been in business since 1972. We market through independent Dealers. Many stores will not carry Amsoil because Amsoil will not undercut the Dealers and sell to the stores cheaper. So the stores can not make more than the Dealers on the oils and lubes and they refuse in most cases to buy at our margin. Quick change garages are hesitant because they want you coming back every 2-3000 miles so they can make more profit and sell you extra services. Auto Dealers don't recommend synthetic oil becuase it makes the vehicles last twice as long. That is counter productive to their business. They are in business to SELL cars and REPAIR cars. An oil that prevents beakdowns and makes cars last for hundreds of thousands of extra miles is not what they WANT. That decreases business not increases it. They are not interested in making your car last longer. Don't be fooled by the lies the oil and auto industries tell. Big Oil and the Auto industry are in bed together and have tried to surpress and keep synthetic oil off the market and out of stores and garages for 30 years.
When Al Amatuzio first established the "First Synthetic Oil" available for the American public in 1972 he had some major problems. No stores would carry the radical new product, garages laughed at synthetic oil and said it was snake oil, Car Manufacturers told customers they would void their warranties, big oil companies told the public that synthetic oil was a fake and didn't do what it claimed. To say the least he was completely stonewalled at every attempt to market his new product.
So Al found that the only way to market AMSOIL was to use word of mouth marketing. Word of mouth marketing has become a legitimate marketing plan because of pioneering companies like AMSOIL. It's called Network Marketing and is now taught in the most prestigeous Business Universities in the Country as a legitimate business plan.
Now every store would love to carry AMSOIL on their shelves. But Al Amatuzio has a Network of a hundred thousand or so independent Dealers that he will not back stab, undercut, or abandon. I doubt you'll ever see AMSOIL in any of the large chain retail or auto stores. It would be a slap in the face to all the Dealers that have put Al where he is today. He knows that and has stated he and his company will stand behind his Dealers, now and in the future.
If you need AMSOIL, it is easily obtained FACTORY DIRECT through Authorized Dealers. Delivered right to your door via UPS. If you want a premium product like a Tiffanys Diamond, you're not going to find it at Wal-Mart, and not even at any of the Jewelery Stores in your home town. You have to contact Tiffanys. AMSOIL is the Number 1 premium oil and if you want the best don't go looking at Wal-Mart. You'll never find AMSOIL there.
I might add that all these people, businesses and nay-sayers have been proven wrong. I've told people before and I'm going to say it again and again. The Car Manufacturers, Car Repair Industry, Oil Change Industry, and Auto Parts Industry do not care to make your vehicle last longer. If you have repair problems it's more business for them. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AND YOUR CAR DOESN'T LAST IT'S MORE BUSINESS FOR THEM. THEY LINE THEIR POCKETS BECAUSE YOUR VEHICLE GOES SOUTH. THEY ARE NOT IN YOUR CORNER, AMSOIL IS. WE ARE THERE TO HELP YOU MAKE YOUR VEHICLE LAST LONGER!!!