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Cars / Trucks / Vans Category: Oil

Maintenance Issues:

How to take advantage of using rerefined engine oil without harming your vehicle and often save over the use of virgin engine oil.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • API-certified rerefined motor / engine oil (with the applicable quality and viscosity ratings for your vehicle and climate)


Rerefined engine oil--also known in basic layman's terms as recycled engine oil--through meeting the petroleum standards of the oil industry, can be an equally high-quality product for safe use in your vehicle as is regular virgin engine oil, though all without the detrimental effect of further expending the definite natural resources of the planet in search of new crude oil.

Simply, rerefined oil comes from draining existing oil from the engines of vehicles and taking such drained engine oil to companies that specialize in making such drained engine oil like new through the rerefining process.  In this rerefining process, the drained engine oil is eliminated of all of its vehicle-byproduct contaminants and other impurities, and new additives once missing in the drained engine oil are added to it to make the previously drained engine oil as good and as pure as any new bottle of virgin engine oil.

It is often the case that rerefined engine oil is cheaper than virgin engine oil, and it is expected that the price of rerefined engine oil will stoop even lower as more companies offer the service of rerefining existing engine oil.

Though, as more and more companies start offering rerefined engine oil, it is up to you to purchase the right rerefined engine oil for your vehicle out of the increasingly many rerefined


engine oil products being made available on the market as time goes by.  As indicated above, for rerefined engine oil to be of a quality that is as high as that of virgin engine oil, it must pass the strict petroleum standards of the oil industry as identified by the American Petroleum Institute (API).  In fact, all rerefined engine oil that meets these industry standards will come in containers that display the API logo as a form of certification of such met standards for the consumer. So, when looking to buy motor oil, and intending to specifically buy rerefined motor oil, make sure not only to be mindful of the oil's quality rating and viscosity rating, but also look fro the API certification logo on its label.   Some of the companies that offer the service of rerefining existing engine oil, whose rerefined oil has passed the petroleum industry standards and obtained API certification, are the following: Breslube; Ecogard (which is owned by a major oil brand company, Valvoline); and Mohawk Oil Company.

Thus, of your purchase considerations, make sure to look for the API certification logo on any engine oil product you take to the cash register not only for the obvious protection of your vehicle, but, as it may be applicable, the continued validation of your vehicle warranty offered by your vehicle manufacturer.  Vehicle manufacturers will not honor your vehicle warranty if you use rerefined engine oil, unless the container label of such oil displays the API certification logo that the oil has met all petroleum standards.  In fact, vehicle manufacturers that have encouraged the use of and declared that using API-certified rerefined engine oil in their manufactured vehicles will not invalidate the warranties offered to their clients/consumers include the following:  Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, and Toyota.

Suffice it to say, being environmentally friendly and often saving just a bit of money here and there while maintaining your vehicle isn't too shabby.

Ed the Handyman


Your Handyman Zone Team



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