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1501 Alpharetta Highway, Alpharetta, GA, 30009

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Dealership Info

Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:Special Hours
  • Thanksgiving DayClosed
Regular Hours
  • Mon - Fri9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sun12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    (Last Sunday of the Month Only)
Service Hours:Special Hours
  • Thanksgiving DayClosed
Regular Hours
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:Special Hours
  • Thanksgiving DayClosed
Regular Hours
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SunClosed

Synthetic Oil vs. Regular Oil

Auto Mechanic Checking Oil

What’s the difference between synthetic oil and regular oil? If you’re asking, you’re far from alone. Most Marietta and Johns Creek drivers who bring their vehicles in to United BMW ask us the difference when they get their oil changed. So we’re here to help. We’re here to break it down like conventional oil. That’s difference #1: conventional oil often breaks down faster.

What is Oil?

Oil is a lubricant that’s used in your engine. Why lubricate the engine at all? Because without it, metal grinds on metal and the engine wears, and wears fast. Not only does oil help reduce wear and decrease friction, it also decreases the heat in the engine. Put simply, oil is the lifeblood of your engine.

What is Conventional Oil?

The big difference in conventional and synthetic oils is what they’re made from. Conventional oil is made from petroleum.

What is Synthetic Oil?

If you heard “conventional oil is made from petroleum” and assumed synthetic oil wasn’t… you’d be wrong. Synthetic oil is also petroleum based, built from petrochemicals to enhance stability. A synthetic oil oxidizes less easily and better retains its properties as a lubricant.

The development of synthetic oils is an intense process that makes them superior to conventional oils — the trade-off is that they’re also more expensive.

How Do Full Synthetic vs. Synthetic Blends Differ?

Wondering if you could have the best of both worlds, a synthetic oil that costs less, like a conventional oil? Then you want a synthetic blend, which is blended with conventional oils.

You shouldn’t use a synthetic blend if your vehicle calls for pure synthetic oil, though, and you should always check your owner’s manual before deciding on an oil for your engine — or our tech experts can help.

Schedule an Oil Change in Alpharetta Now!

Are you due for an oil change? Did we just remind you? Schedule your service appointment today, and we’ll ensure your vehicle is kept in top shape for life around Alpharetta! Questions about the oil your car needs? Contact our service team today.

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1501 Alpharetta Highway • Alpharetta, GA 30009

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Open Today! Sales: 12pm-5pm

Service: Closed

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