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Car Myths Destroyed

November 27th, 2013

Almost every car driver has done it. And, almost every car driver has spent extra money or time following them. What are they? Car myths, religiously kept practices that have gained a cult-like following among drivers. Most drivers have simply resorted to following these myths because, well, it’s what they’ve constantly or commonly heard. But, most car drivers have never actually stopped to ask if these myths are, in fact, true. So, before you dish out some extra cash or spend some of your time adhering to all of these popular beliefs, check out our list of four car myths debunked – after all, one of the myths you’ve followed for years could, very well, have made it on our list.

car mythsCar myths you should be aware of:

#1 In Cold Weather, Always Warm Your Engine Before You Get Going:

Depending on where you live, cold weather could mean 40 degrees and high winds or below-freezing temperatures and snow. Regardless, many drivers have fallen victim to waking up 15-20 minutes earlier just to run out in the cold to start their car before heading out to work or school. This popular practice has taken root because many people believe that not warming up the engine in cold weather could damage it.

Well, many drivers will gain a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning, because this myth is false – unless you own a car made before the ‘80s. Why before the ‘80s? Before the ‘80s, cars used carburetors or, in other words, a system of chambers and valves that would control the combination of fuel and air being used in the engine.  Cars that used carburetors did, in fact, experience problems adjusting to colder temperatures – hence, how the myth originally came about. With modern cars, however, this is not an issue. Models made after the ‘80s are built with electronic fuel injection systems, which means they use an ECU (engine control unit) to adjust the fuel-air ratio by detecting oxygen levels.

#2 You Can Get Better Mileage With Premium Gasoline:

Very few people – if any – are willing to spend extra money at the gas pump. However, some individuals do dish out more cash for premium gas believing that it’ll give them extra mileage in the long run. Why is this not a good idea? Well, there’s no real difference in how much mileage a person can get between premium and regular gas. In fact, the only difference between premium gas and regular gas is the duration it takes to combust. Premium gas requires more pressure from your car to do its job, because it has a high-octane level. When using low-octane gas in a high-performance car, the engine may ignite the gas too quickly, which can be bad for your car.  In other words, if you’re not driving a high-performance car that requires high-octane gasoline, you can pass on the premium at the pump.

#3 Insurance Will Cost More If You Drive A Red Car:

While car shopping, have you abandoned dreams of purchasing a stylish red car, because you believed that your insurance would be higher as a result? Well, car mythsthere’s no need to sideline your ruby-red dream car for that reason, because it’s simply not true. This myth gained traction due to the fact that many individuals attribute the color red with sports cars, which have generally cost more to insure. But, your insurance premium is not going to be the same if you drive a red Volkswagen compact sedan versus a red Ferrari sports car. Color alone does not factor into determining what your insurance premium will be. Besides, when was the last time an insurance agent asked you what color your car was when you were getting a quote? Exactly; throw this myth out.

#4 Every 3,000 Miles, You Need To Change Your Oil:

Most drivers believe that to ensure that their quality car stays in good shape, they need to change their oil every 3,000 miles. This all-to-common mistake undermines the evolution of cars. With innovations in oil chemistry and engine technology, cars are becoming increasingly efficient, meaning that drivers don’t have to spend so much money replacing their oil every 3,000 miles. In fact, many automakers are saying that oil changes can be done every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. The “every-3, 000-miles” oil change myth took root, in part, because the car service industry constantly reminded drivers to change their oil once they hit the 3,000-mile mark. But, extending your next oil change past 3,000 miles is not going to harm your car. In fact, it’ll only save you money. And, not to mention, it’s also better for the environment.

Before you jump into following the latest car fad or myth, make sure these commonly told “facts” actually check out. Put myths that you’ve heard, or followed, to the test by using our comparison tool, which allows you to compare countless consumer car reviews and rankings.