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How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Despite being perhaps one of the most common automotive maintenance items out there, many customers still aren’t sure how often they should change their vehicle’s oil. Therefore, Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg is here to remove the mystery from this task and help you stay on top of your beloved model’s needs. Our Service Department is at your disposal, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you require further assistance—we’re here to help seven days a week!

Our Recommendation

In general, an otherwise healthy vehicle that experiences moderate use should be good with an oil change every 5,000 miles. However, if your ride is older or used for towing heavy loads, then you might need to drop by our service bay on a more frequent basis for this type of job. Generally, your Owner’s Manual should give you a good idea of what your car, truck, minivan, or SUV requires in the way of routine oil changes, so always check this guideline. In addition to letting you know the proper interval for changes, the manual should also tell you the specific grade of oil that your powertrain was built to use.

At-Home Check

One of the best ways to stay on top of the health of your supply of oil is to check the levels periodically. Even if you’re not an automotive expert, doing so shouldn’t be much of a challenge. Simply pop the hood, locate the dipstick, and remove it. After wiping away the residue, reinsert it and pull it out once more. However, this time around, make note of where the oil level is. If it’s under the lower of the two markings, this is a clear indication that you’re running low and should visit us as soon as possible. At this point, you should check out the condition of the oil, as a dark, murky color suggests that it’s getting old and congealed with byproducts.

Conventional vs Synthetic

As you start to dive deeper into the world of oil changes, you’ll come across the argument between conventional and synthetic. In one corner, we have conventional oil, which is typically less expensive than synthetic but doesn’t last as long, necessitating more frequent changes. Alternatively, although synthetic and synthetic blends are more expensive, you should be able to go longer without needing to change it out for a fresh supply. To determine which is best for your vehicle, feel free to speak with our expert team of technicians.

Hopefully, after reading this overview, you won’t need to ask “How often should I change my oil?” ever again! Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg hopes to see you here soon, so we can keep your ride in excellent condition. Although we don’t require appointments, you may still request one if you prefer!


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Joshua Gaughen
Joshua Gaughen
GOOGLE
7-8-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I have been a fan of Pohanka for the past 20 years. I have purchased 5 Honda's and 1 Toyota from them. They have always gone above and beyond for customer care. I am so glad they are still with us. If you are looking for an honest and reliable dealer, look no further. Not a paid advertisement, just a very happy customer.

Joshua G.
Joshua G.
YELP
7-8-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I have been a fan of Pohanka for the past 20 years. I have purchased 5 Honda's and 1 Toyota from them. They have always gone above and beyond for customer care. I am so glad they are still with us. If you are looking for an honest and reliable dealer, look no further. Not a paid advertisement, just a very happy customer.

Michelle R.
Michelle R.
YELP
7-8-2020
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I purchased a 2020 Accord and was given excellent service by the sales team and the financing team. Connor, our sales person helped us understand all the new technology in the car, helped us through every step of the process, and gave us a great experience! Will definitely be going back to Pohanka Honda and highly recommended for excellent customer service!

Chris Edentoniuiy
Chris Edentoniuiy
GOOGLE
7-8-2020
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Mo M
Mo M
GOOGLE
7-8-2020
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Bought a 2020 CRV at Pohanka Honda from Senior Sales Consultant Don Erickson. I felt he got me the best deal possible, and coming to a price was relatively painless. Don knows the Honda product like an encyclopedia. He was able to familiarize me with the bounty of features available on my new CRV EX. I have been a Pohanka customer for many years (both sales and service) and I can honestly say that Pohanka has consistently provided me great service and sales.... and as a matter of fact they get better each year.

Erik Larson
Erik Larson
GOOGLE
7-7-2020
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Got a sweet deal on a used car from Don Erickson in Pohanka Honda sales. He’s been there ten years, good guy, likes his job. He didn’t push or lie - just answered my questions and helped me make the best decision. Great customer service even after the sale, even grabbed a couple things I left in my trade in, he was glad to do it. Give the man a raise!

Kelli Osborne
Kelli Osborne
GOOGLE
7-6-2020
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My experience with Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg was what a car buying experience should be! It was easy and simple: I saw the car I wanted, and they made sure I got it! Cecilia MonDragon was so easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable and personable. I will certainly be giving her all my future business and referrals!!! I love my new car and am completely satisfied. Thanks Cecilia!!

Cynthia Patterson
Cynthia Patterson
GOOGLE
7-6-2020
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John Lynn
John Lynn
GOOGLE
7-6-2020
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Was in and out in short time for basic service on vehicle. Very happy with the service received.

Alan Arena
Alan Arena
GOOGLE
7-6-2020
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I always receive excellent service for my 2013 Accord! Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg is the only place I go for Honda Service.

Holly Baker
Holly Baker
GOOGLE
7-6-2020
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Was 2 hours start to finish, best turn around time ever. Ian was informative and helpful. I'm not from the area and he gave detailed instructions on places to test drive.

Tammy Hamn
Tammy Hamn
GOOGLE
7-6-2020
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Lisa H.
Lisa H.
YELP
7-6-2020
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If you need service work, Pohanka is there for you 7 days per week. I took my vehicle in for some routine work on Sunday and was promptly greeted by Dixie. She was pleasant and helpful from start to finish. My vehicle was finished on time.

Jim G.
YELP
7-6-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great experience buying our new Honda CR-V! No high pressure sales pitch. Just very attentive service throughout the process from our sales consultant Cory, product specialist JT and finance staff. If you're in the market for a new car I'd definitely recommend paying them a visit!

Kathy C.
YELP
7-5-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Excellent service. Very professional staff and always helpful in determining any repair needs or concerns related to your vehicle. The atmosphere is pleasant and there are various zones sectioned off--kid zone, wait area, snacks and coffees. The wait time estimates are always accurate. If a repair will take longer, they will let you know immediately, if the wait time changes. If additional repair work is needed, they will notify you. Great place, pleasant atmosphere, and an excellent staff that gets the job done. I trust Pohanka Honda Fredericksburg with my car repairs, and they value my trust. When your dealership doesn't value you, or your trust in them to do a great work has been broken, then it's time to change dealerships.

Zach Douglas
Zach Douglas
GOOGLE
7-5-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

I bought a Hyundai Elantra from Pohanka Honda and everyone was great to work with. Casey was very kind and helpful in the process and assisted with all of the questions that I had in the buying process. Just be aware of their $900 dealer fee. It is definitely higher than most brand dealers in the area.

Mike Deal
Mike Deal
GOOGLE
7-5-2020
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PK Koper
PK Koper
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7-4-2020
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NORMA KIPPS
NORMA KIPPS
GOOGLE
7-4-2020
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I have no complaints with my service on July 3, 2020. I always ask for Dixie Storm and I get fast and serious service. No unnecessary things are recommended and I get out as quickly as possible.

Pk K.
YELP
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had an issue with my dashboard lights dimming during day time driving when my lights were on auto. Jeffrey made sure that all checked out was fine. He went above and beyond to make sure they checked everything out to give me peace of mind that I'll be fine on the road. As always fantastic customer service, and I always know I'm in good hands when taking my car into Pohanka Fredricksburg.

Pk K.
YAHOO
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had an issue with my dashboard lights dimming during day time driving when my lights were on auto. Jeffrey made sure that all checked out was fine. He went above and beyond to make sure they... more

ROBERT Rowland
ROBERT Rowland
GOOGLE
7-3-2020
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The service was awesome and the young men that help me was great five star employee name is Chris

john lee
john lee
GOOGLE
7-3-2020
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Great service

Nightshadeclyff
Nightshadeclyff
GOOGLE
7-3-2020
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Casey G. Did a great job at helping me find a suv. I told her what I needed, and she help me find what i wanted. My only real complaint is that I somehow ended up with no floor mats🤔.

R rhg
R rhg
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
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Edna Smith Hector
Edna Smith Hector
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
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I took my 2014 Honda CR-V in for my yearly State Inspection at the Fredericksburg Honda dealership and was greeted by Service Advisor, Mr. Sean Bennett, He proceeded to get the necessary information pertaining to my car while typing into his tablet. I asked if my wait would be long and he advised if no problems were found, it would be approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. After about 65 mins, Mr. Bennett came into the waiting room where I was sitting and said, ‘I have some bad news for you’ and I asked what was the problem. He smiled and said your car is ready and you can no longer enjoy sitting in our waiting area and my car had passed. He also informed me that my car was due for maintenance service in September and I would receive an email from Honda. Thanks Mr. Bennett for being a great Representative for Honda and love your sense of humor. 😊

Terry Fulton
Terry Fulton
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Working with everyone at Pohanka was an exceptional experience! They were professional, kind and able to explain the issues I was having with my vehicle! Edwin kept me updated throughout the day on how things were progressing! Exceptional value and awesome staff!

Agnes Hendrix
Agnes Hendrix
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Exceptional customer service experience. Kevin Murray is an exceptional service advisor.

Ron O.
Ron O.
YELP
7-2-2020
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Our Honda Civic had a bad A/c compressor. Pohanka came out, picked up our car and took to service. Maddison in the service department, took charge, as we were out of town and did not have our warranty info, she got in touch with warranty and compressor was replaced, oil change, safety inspection done and then they washed the car. Car was delivered promptly back to us. Maddison was a tremendous help to us and we wholeheartedly recommend Pokanka Honda for service!

Ron O.
Ron O.
YAHOO
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Our Honda Civic had a bad A/c compressor. Pohanka came out, picked up our car and took to service. Maddison in the service department, took charge, as we were out of town and did not have our... more

Tamara Joe
Tamara Joe
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
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Oleg Khodorkovskiy
Oleg Khodorkovskiy
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
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I live in NY and had trouble getting the car and the deal I wanted there. I reached out to several dealerships outside on NYC and by far the best experience I’ve ever had was in Pohanka Honda. Corey, the salesperson I was dealing with, made the buying process a breeze. Even though I was dealing with him over the phone or through text his communication was great. He always responded quickly and when he wasn’t sure about something, it would take him minuets to find out and get back to me. When I drove down from NY to pick up the car he called the local Hyundai dealership for me to make sure I can return my old lease to them. The pick up process was just as seamless. There was a small dent (I guess from a pebble on the road when the car was brought to the dealership) on the thin panel at the front of the car. No problem, Corey found a brand new part and had it replaced in twenty minutes. At the end I got the car that I wanted and the deal that I wanted while dealing with real professionals. Great experience and highly recommend these guys.

Mary Thorsted
Mary Thorsted
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brad of Pohanka provided excellent customer service. We were promptly waited on. He made careful notes as to why we were visiting. Repeated back our requirements. Brad was in constant communication with us providing us with the status of our car.

Mike B.
Mike B.
YELP
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Walked in thinking a new 2020 Accord was just what I needed for my next commuter car. Corey Watts met me at the door, suggested I take a look at a Certified Pre-Owned 2018 Hybrid. After driving that in comparison to a 2020, and a day of thinking, my mind was made up. I couldn't pass up the deal -- and wouldn't have found it without Corey's help! Financing with Alex went smoothly, though the up-sell for the warranty and add-ons could have been more honest/clear.

J J
J J
GOOGLE
6-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great, reliable service. Reasonable prices. Fantastic service hours. If they would just add a mini fast food joint, it would be heavenly! I've seen this elsewhere.

Christopher Frazier
Christopher Frazier
GOOGLE
6-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Jordan Kleiman
Jordan Kleiman
GOOGLE
6-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Shane with Service was very professional, detail oriented, and attentive!

Anthony F.
YELP
6-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Service time was well below the suggested time. Great. However car wash was more like a rinse. Still had to take it to car wash.

Christian Castillo
Christian Castillo
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Julian was very helpful when I came to visit for a service. He helped and explained everything to me and was in and out the door in just a little over an hour. Thank you!

Lee Mitchell
Lee Mitchell
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I go to the dealership pretty regularly for maintenance and repairs and love the casual atmosphere and the space for the kids to play. They usually will move up my services if I have to bring the children with me and I really appreciate the effort to help get us in and out as quickly as possible.

Jeffrey Davis
Jeffrey Davis
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Kimberly Alvelo(sp) was absolutely awesome! At the recommendation of my mom, who has purchased several vehicles from Kim, I came to Pohanka to purchase a pre-owned car. Online, I saw one that I liked, but unfortunately it was sold when I got there. Kim and I went over options in my price range, but there was nothing on the lot that fit. She worked with me to lay out a plan of what I was looking for, and found the perfect car for me within a couple of days. It has every feature I told her I wanted, and she got me the price I needed. I needed a reliable vehicle for the right price, and I got expert service from Kim and the rest of the staff. I never felt pressured, never got the feeling that I was being steered towards the car THEY wanted me to buy. I will most most definitely buy my next vehicle here, and will recommend to anyone looking for a car.

Paul Perrin
Paul Perrin
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great Salesman. Raymond Thomas had the car ready for us when we arrived. He is forward thinking which lead to a great experience as he effectively and efficiently lead us through the buying process. He was an amazing listener as he heard our desires and understood the outcomes we were looking for in a car and deal. His leadership was key in providing us with a great outcome. The rest of the Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg team seemed to support him well through the process. We are a Honda family as we have had Hondas since 1984 and have been looking for a Honda Dealer to call home since we moved to SOMD. I think we have found it. Thanks Raymond and team.

Rita Blackwell
Rita Blackwell
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Awesome service every time; we are grateful. Thank you Kevin M. and the Team for all you do!

Gary C.
Gary C.
YELP
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Decided it was time to sell our Jeep and purchase a 2020 Passport. Made first contact by at 10:00am. Car was delivered in my drive at 4:00pm at price I wanted with color and all the features we wanted. No waiting in showroom. Open and fair negotiation. Everybody was great. I'm high risk COVID. The person delivering car wire mask and gloves and wipe car down completely before driving out trade away. Cheerfully answered all questions about vehicle operation.

Matt Hayden
Matt Hayden
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Salesman Corey was good. Listened to what we wanted and showed us what he had.

Donald Simmons
Donald Simmons
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Perlita sought us out, even though she was helping other families at the same time. She provided ELITE customer service!! She was friendly, considerate, and very helpful. She even helped my wife connect her iPhone after the dealerships normal business hours was over. She made the purchase of our 2020 Honda Passport AMAZING. My wife and I did not even have a desire to go anywhere else to look for a car!!

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hi hi
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
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Hiep Luu
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Hunter Rose
Hunter Rose
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I've been coming here for two years and have always had a great experience. No problems, ample transparency, and welcoming staff. Can't give this place enough praise!

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