What Are the Different Types of Engine Oil?

At The Detroit Garage, and most other auto repair shops, we offer a wide variety of motor oil selections and services. Knowing which one your car needs will help you in the long run. Read on to learn more about the differences between conventional, semi-synthetic, and synthetic oil. 

Conventional Oil 

Conventional oil is the most traditional time of oil. It is derived from crude oil, which is refined to boost performance and resist hot engine temperatures. It has been around for quite some time, and it is the cheapest oil on the market. Conventional oil is best for moderate drivers and vehicles with simple engine designs.

Semi-Synthetic Oil

Semi-synthetic oil is a blend of both conventional and synthetic lubricants. It has the many added benefits of synthetic oil for a more affordable price. This type of motor oil works better in high and low temperatures. These are great for bigger vehicles, like SUVs and trucks, in moderate climate environments.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is an engineered oil that is uniform and filled with great additives. They are highly resistant to extreme temperatures. Vehicles that take synthetic oil can go long periods without needing an oil change. Synthetic oil costs the most of the three oil types. Since it is slower at breaking down, you can save money on oil changes over time.


To keep your vehicle on the road and engine running at peak performance, you need to get your oil changes done correctly and on time. If you have any questions regarding your automaker’s recommendations, please do not hesitate to get help from our technicians.


Now that you understand the various types of engine oil, your car can get the service it needs. If you’re in need of an oil change soon, please give us a call or visit The Detroit Garage today.

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