Have you ever heard something about cars and held it as truth without even giving it a second thought? There are many myths related to your car that you may have heard that, as a local automotive center, we’d like to correct. Some can greatly impact your safety and some are just silly. Here are a few of the most common ones we’ve heard and seen.
Myth #1 – Oil Change Light
We’ve had people come into the shop for an oil change who have done great damage to their car because they never checked their oil in between changes. Just because you have a newer model car that has an indicator telling you it’s time for an oil change doesn’t mean you shouldn’t regularly check yours. No matter how old or new your car is, it burns oil. How much depends in many factors, but regardless of age or manufacturer, check your oil at least once a month or every 1000 miles.
Myth #2 – Red Cars Get Pulled Over Most
According to a survey by Insurance.com, it’s not really the color but rather the model of the car. Cars like a Lexus ES300, which topped the list in the most recent year’s survey, are often driven by teens and younger drivers as this car was manufactured between 92- 2003. Also high on the list were Nissan 350/370Z. These sports cars are notorious for speeding drivers and with that reputation comes the likelihood of being pulled over. Minivans and SUVs were least likely to be ticketed for speeding. It’s not just speeding, other reasons people are pulled over is poor vehicle maintenance. If an officer thinks your car is a road hazard, they can ticket you and remove the vehicle from operation. Keep yours in top shape with your local automotive center.
Myth #3 – SUVs Are Safer than Small Cars
This one is sometimes true but often not true. A small car is significantly less likely to have a roll-over accident than an SUV. Many small cars have a better safety cage for all the passengers than the roomy SUV. If you’re looking for a safe car, check the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for independent third-party safety ratings.
Myth #4 – Premium Fuel is Better for Your Car
The Federal Trade Commission got involved in this battle with the big oil companies. The final decision was that using a higher-octane fuel than recommended by your vehicle manufacturer will not significantly benefit your car. Neither will one brand of gasoline over another.
Oldsmar Automotive will always tell you the truth about your car and its maintenance needs. You can trust us as your local automotive center whether you need an oil change or aren’t sure what the noise you’re noticing is. We’ll give you an honest evaluation of your vehicle and a fair quote to fix it. And there won’t be any surprises when we hand you the repair bill, it will match our estimate. Call 727-784-3501 or come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar and we’ll give you a free estimate on repairs.