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4 Car Myths that are Wasting Your Money

If you dad taught you to warm up your car before you take off in the mornings and the car dealer told you the oil in your Ford Focus needs to be changed every 3,000 miles you may want to do your own research. Whether you are from Utah or New York City, learning about your car can save you big bucks. Below I’ve compiled a list of the 4 most common myths that are wasting your money.

1

Change your oil every 3,000 miles

Change your oil every 3,000 miles

The fact of the matter is that engine and oil technology have improved drastically over the last 20 years. Perhaps the dealer who tells you to change the oil in your Ford Focus every 3,000 miles is just not up to date on their information. Synthetic oil that lasts up to 15,000 miles has been available for years and although changing your oil more frequently does not hurt your car, it also doesn’t help your pocketbook.

2

Warm up your engine

Warm up your engine

For years people have been saying that in order to avoid damaging your car, you should spend several minutes on cold mornings warming up your car by idling. The reality is that you can get going as soon as you put your key in. Idling your engine actually takes much longer to warm up your car than driving it; which results in more cold-start wear and tear than if you had just hopped in and driven away.

3

Get regular engine tune-ups

Get regular engine tune-ups

If you are the proud owner of a Ford Focus, you know that the dealer recommends bringing your car in every six months to keep your car running at peak performance. However, the reality is that engine tune-ups are usually just an expensive way to get your spark plugs and air filter replaced. If you want to keep your car in good shape without wasting money on meaningless check-ups, have your Ford checked by a mechanic every 50,000 miles or so.

4

Winterization

Winterization

If you live in Utah, you know how cold your car can get during the winter. Whether you live in Utah or not, many mechanics recommend bringing your Ford Focus in for winterization so they can change your fluids out for cold-weather-resistant ones. With the exception of snow tires, your car is already ready for winter. Today, modern technology has given us oil that is designed to function in both the summer and the winter and an engine coolant that does the same. Whether you live in Utah or Canada, you can rest easy, get your snow tires, and go home.

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