Castrol warn the aftermarket about using the wrong oil

by

Castrol-oilLubricant giant Castrol has warned independent garages that they may be stocking the wrong types of oil.

A study carried out showed that there is a discrepancy in the aftermarket between the different oil formulations required by vehicles in the UK car parc and the oils available from retailers and workshops.

Castrol’s research shows that 55 percent of the car parc requires low-viscosity oil, with 36 percent needing 5W-30 and 19 percent use fully-synthetic 5W-40. However, it also found that only 29% of retailers stocked 5W-30 oil and 7 percent hold the fully synthetic version.

Marc Perkins, Castrol Independent Workshop Marketing Manager for UK and Ireland, said: “The current trend for engine downsizing means that workshops and retailers must catch up in the marketplace and provide low viscosity oil formulations that are approved for an increasing proportion of the modern engines powering today’s cars.”

While the aftermarket are slowly stocking the low viscosity oil solutions, the survey shows that a majority of the retailers stock is for high viscosity oil, which is required by only 24 percent of the car parc.

Perkins added: “By continuing to offer only 10W-40 oil, or other high viscosity formulations, outlets run the risk of invalidating a vehicle’s warranty and ultimately harming the longevity of an engine, simply by topping it with the wrong type of oil.

“The growing demand for ultra low viscosity oils also offers workshops the opportunity to earn premium profits.”

JIM SAKER APPOINTED IMI PRESIDENT

Incoming President replaces Graham Smith OBE

Read More

ECP DIRECTOR: ‘HUGE INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR MOT-RELATED EQUIPMENT’

Rise in demand for garage plant, such as lifts, according to Workshop Solutions boss

Read More

TRADE FAIR BOSS: AFTERMARKET TO UNDERGO ‘NATURAL SELECTION’

Autopromotec’s Renzo Servadei says ‘only the fittest will overcome the obstacles’

Read More

IGA UP FOR ‘COVID CHAMPION’ AWARD

RMI association shortlisted for new Learning Award category

Read More

BREAKING: NATIONWIDE BRANCHES TO REBRAND AS FMG REPAIR SERVICES

Redde Northgate expected to rebrand 77 of the former Nationwide branches under the FMG trading style

Read More

Go to comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *