We’re all for saving money here at paultan.org. It’s nice to indulge, occasionally – that nice hipster cafe brunch, the latest iPhone, that set of rims that you’ve been eyeing forever – but YOLO too often and you might not have funds for the bigger things in life. You know, for things such as a Euro trip, or when that dream car suddenly becomes available. Or even your first home.

But there’s a time and place for everything, and there are things that one should never skimp on. Things such as engine oil, for one. It’s surely false economy to get an “affordable” motor oil with dubious origins to protect the heart of your car, which is the first or second (after property) most expensive item you’ve ever bought. It makes sense to protect your car’s engine with top quality lubricants, for it to serve you well for many years in turn.

When it comes to quality lubricants, Shell Helix is right up there at the top, but a successful brand also courts counterfeits and parallel imports. To combat this, in September Shell launched the “Made for Malaysia” range of Shell Helix lubricants with a unique “Untuk Pasaran Malaysia” (for the Malaysian market) label.

When it comes to engine oil, buy quality, buy original

On the top right end of the front label is a section that can be peeled, revealing a QR code to authenticate every bottle of Shell Helix oil meant for our market. Scan the QR code with your phone, and while you’re at it, register for the Shell Advantage Rewards (SHARE) programme which includes a sign-up bonus, the Shell Helix Engine Warranty (SHEW) and free Shell Helix products. The authentication result will be shown on the page and sent to you via SMS.

The new labels are on Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40 fully synthetic (4L), Shell Helix HX7 10W-40 semi-synthetic (4L), Shell Helix HX7 5W-30 semi-synthetic (4L), Shell Helix HX5 10W-30 semi-synthetic (3L) and Shell Helix HX5 15W-40 semi-synthetic (4L). All are blended and packed at Shell’s Lubricant Oil Blending Plant in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

Official and genuine Shell Helix products for the Malaysian market can be purchased from Shell Helix-branded workshops, workshops served by authorised Shell distributors and Shell retail stations. You can also buy from Shell Malaysia’s official stores online at Lazada Malaysia, 11street and Shopee.