Car And Truck Care Myths Now Debunked!

So it’s time to start thinking about your car or truck. Time for some maintenance right? Well there are a few misconceptions out there. I found a great article from Consumer Reports on the myths of car care. Even if you have no ill intentions it’s true that you could do stuff which will lead to spending more money, causing damage to your car or truck and even putting your safety at risk. Below are the myth’s from Consumer Reports and a link to a nice video that helps spell it all out while adding some additional myths as well. When taking your car or truck to a Dallas Chevy dealer for some maintenance at least now you’ll know if you caused the damage yourself  or not. Right?

Myth: If regular-grade fuel is good, premium must be better.
Reality: Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) fuel. Using premium in these cars won’t hurt, but it won’t improve performance, either. A higher-octane number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it’s often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. So if your car is designed for 87-octane fuel, don’t waste money on premium. Only use premium if your car’s owner’s manual says “required.”

Myth: Let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving.
Reality: That might have been good advice for yesteryear’s cars but is less so today. Modern engines warm up more quickly when they’re driven. And the sooner they warm up, the sooner they reach maximum efficiency and deliver the best fuel economy and performance. But don’t rev the engine high over the first few miles while it’s warming up.

Myth: A dealership must perform regular maintenance to keep your car’s factory warranty valid.
Reality: As long as the maintenance items specified in the vehicle owner’s manual are performed on schedule, the work can be done at any auto-repair shop. If you’re knowledgeable, you can even do the work yourself. Just keep accurate records and receipts to back you up in case of a warranty dispute on a future repair.

See  Consumer Reports for the cool video and additional information on car or truck care myths.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Getting A New Car or Truck? Thinking About Leasing?

Are you getting a new car or truck? Can’t decide whether to lease or buy? Well when deciding whether or not to lease a car, it is important to consider several factors. Consider this leasing 101.

When you are leasing a car or truck, the monthly payments are generally lower than the monthly finance payments because you are paying for the car or trucks depreciation during the term of the lease, plus rent charges, taxes and other fees. Remember though, after paying for all that you must then return the car at the end of the lease unless your lease permits you to buy the car or truck.

There are different lease offers and terms, including mileage limits and how long you want to keep the car  or truck before you decide on a lease, make a firm decision on these before you go to the dealership. Most leases only permit you to put 12,000-15,000 miles per year on the vehicle. Well if you commute quite a distance to work or you like to travel you’re going to put lots of miles on that car and the typical charge is 20 cents per mile you go over. That can sneak up on you if you’re not careful.

When you lease a car or truck, you are basically purchasing the right to use that car for a predetermined amount of time and miles. At the end of the lease you may return the car or truck and pay certain fees and charges or you can buy the car or truck for an additional “already agreed-upon” price. You should be careful not to sign a lease for more time than you truly want to keep the car or truck as can be very heavy early termination charges if you end the lease early. Don’t forget that you are ultimately responsible for excessive wear and damage to the car or truck. You are also responsible for bringing the car or truck in for service in compliance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. You will also have to have insurance that meets the leasing company’s standards.

I know people that love leasing vehicles and swear by it. I also know people that don’t care for it at all. Ultimately the decision is yours. What will it be? Buying or Leasing??? Hmmm.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What to do if your Car or Truck is Involved in a Hit and Run!

Have you ever been involved in a hit and run? While you were parked and not even in the car? What about while you were driving? I was once at the mall with some friends and as we were leaving we saw a girl in a big old Dodge pickup backing out of her parking spot and right into a Honda Accord. She knew she hit it and she just drove off. I got her license plate number and gave it to the security guard. I felt for that Honda Accord owner cause her bumper was hanging off.

Well it’s important to know what to do if this happens to you. Allstate has put together this little list of things to do so you won’t be caught off guard and you won’t forget anything.

Survey your immediate surroundings – If the other vehicle’s driver isn’t easily spotted in your immediate surroundings, do not try and go after the driver yourself. Check your windshield to see if they may have left a note with their contact information.
Call the police – Call the police immediately to file an accident report.
Get the facts at the scene Ask people nearby the scene if they witnessed the accident. Take down their reports and contact information.
Check for surveillance cameras – If the accident occurred in a parking lot, check to see if a surveillance camera caught the incident on tape.
Take pictures – If you don’t have a camera in your phone, Allstate recommends that drivers keep a disposable camera in the glove box. Snap shots of the damage to your vehicle and of your surroundings.
Contact your insurance company – Report even a minor accident to your insurance company immediately. – See Allstate for more information

Hopefully your insurance covers uninsured motorists but if not I’m sure everything will be ok. Good luck out there and safe driving!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Cool Equipment Is Most Important In A New Car Or Truck?

Sometimes equipment on your new car or truck can be very important to you. For instance if you have kids maybe you want DVD players to entertain them in the car, or if you’re a commuter you may want XM radio for those trips to school or work. Everyone wants something different. Maybe you want everything available…. What’s most important to you?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing