How Many Types of Motor Oil Are There?

There are four types of motor oil available on the market for your car, truck, or utility vehicle. Advanced Automotive is going to list the different types below for your information. Before you decide on the motor oil that is best for your automobile, look inside your owner’s manual for your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. For example, BMW recommends that only synthetic oil be used in all of its automobiles, but not all automobiles need synthetic oil. Let’s talk more about this below.


Conventional motor oil has been available and used for over a century, and it is the most popular motor oil on the market. Most vehicles use conventional motor oil, especially if they are low-mileage automobiles. If you don’t put a lot of stress on your engine and don’t drive a high-performance vehicle, conventional motor oil will protect your engine just fine. Again, this is the motor oil that is in most of the automobiles on the road today.


If your odometer reading is 75,000 miles or more, you might want to consider switching to high-mileage oil. This oil is conventional oil, but it contains additives to protect older engines better. It also contains additives that discourage oil leaks, a common problem with older engines. Many people find they get longer engine life out of their engines if they use high-mileage motor oil when the engines need it. We can help you determine if your engine does.

Synthetic Blend

Synthetic blend is synthetic motor oil mixed with conventional motor oil. This was designed to appease consumers who want the benefits of synthetic oil without the cost. This blend contains additives that are designed to make the oil last longer and protect your engine better. This being said, you will need to change the oil more frequently than if you use full synthetic. If you are looking for a happy medium between conventional and synthetic oil, a synthetic blend is a good choice.


Finally, manufactured in a lab, synthetic oil offers the greatest protection to engines that operate in extreme weather conditions. Synthetic oil contains additives that are designed to increase its viscosity and prevent it from freezing. Synthetic oil is also designed to protect high-performance engines that tend to run hotter than normal engines do. Synthetic is a popular choice among drivers who prefer longer durations between their oil changes.

Call Advanced Automotive in Stanwood, WA, today to schedule your next oil change. We can talk further about the different types of oil and what will work best in your engine.

photo by LoveTheWind via Canva Pro

Accessibility Toolbar