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Old 11-24-2013, 11:42 AM
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Been wondering - oil change, and used car

My daughter, 22, wants a mustang.

As I look the cars available, I wonder, was the oil ever changed?

Is there a national report that describes the propensity of a car owner to actually change the oil.

How can I tell if used car has had the oil changed?

I'm thinking in general that there is a percentage of drivers that change at 3,000 10,000 and yearly if it is needed or not.

How can we be a better informed buyer?
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Old 11-24-2013, 06:06 PM
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Answer

Some of the car report history forms show this, if the data is available.

Unfortunately even factory dealers are often guilty of failing to correctly log this data so it is search-able in history.

The only resource I can rely upon (with most used) is oil test results or forensic teardown of the engine..


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What year & engine do you plan to buy? I work with Ford and do not encounter many engine issues with the Mustang unless it has been raced & abused heavily which usually shows. I know for a fact Ford uses a plain white oil filter from the factory with or without markings & with out without the FoMoCo stamping. After that a white filter with Motorcraft branding is used. As whunter mentioned above usually carfax lists service history, more in detail if its been serviced at a dealer & if the dealer reports it or Carfax obtains it somehow.
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The best way to determine if a car has had regular timely oil changes is to pull off the valve cover and check the upper part of the engine (valve train) for signs of grime and gunk. If these are present, the oil has not been changed on a regular basis.
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