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Three Car Maintenance Myths to Avoid

When it comes to car maintenance, many people know exactly what they should and should not be doing. Of course, there are just as many who have all the wrong information or have no idea what they should do. As a result, they make decisions that have a negative impact on the performance and longevity of their vehicle.

Here are three car maintenance myths to avoid:

1. Premium gas is a must. Unless your car specifically calls for this, you are not doing yourself any favors using premium gas. In fact, the only thing you are doing is wasting money that you could be keeping in your pocket.

Tip: this information is available in your owner’s manual.

2. You don’t need to change the oil that often. While it is true that many cars don’t need an oil change every 3,500 miles, not doing this as recommended by the manufacturer could lead to major engine problems down the line. Once again, turn to your owner’s manual for advice. The schedule recommended in the manual is the schedule you should follow. No questions asked.

3. Car maintenance is a do-it-yourself job. Unless you know exactly what you are doing (and most people don’t), it is best to rely on the assistance of an experienced professional. You may think you are saving money by doing the task yourself, but this is a big risk. If you make one mistake along the way it could cost you a lot of money in the near future. Not to mention the fact that a wrong decision could result in a safety risk.

When it comes to car maintenance, you need to make all the right decisions. This will keep your vehicle run smoothly. If you have any questions or require the assistance of a professional, contact FAR at your earliest convenience. We always have time for your car!