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Car Myths

Should I warm up my engine before I start driving my car? Will I loose my factory warranty if I don't perform maintenance at a dealership? If I spend more and get premium gasoline when I fill up, will that increase my gas mileage? These are great questions and most people think they have the answers. But if truth be known, there are more myths floating around the water cooler mechanic than there are answers. This article will present some of the biggest myths and will give you the true answers. See where you stack up with your auto knowledge!

Road Trip Prep

Before you go on a road trip, it is a good idea to make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. You should account for circumstances that are unforeseen. You may find you have a worn wiper blade, that you are low on oil, or someone used your tire jack and never put it back, or maybe that your brakes need to be replaced. Most items you can check yourself, however more important components should be checked by a qualified mechanic to ensure your trip stays fun and safe!

AfterMarket vs OEM

At some point in the life of your vehicle, you will likely need to replace some part or component. Most people believe they must use a genuine part or they will void their warranty and are given that impression. Also, you cannot void your warranty by having maintenance or repairs done somewhere other than the dealership, or even by doing them yourself. Hopefully after understanding the drawback and benefits of various types of parts, it will help every car owner decide which is the best part for their vehicle.

Maintenance by the Mile

Regular Maintenance is vital to keeping your vehicle on the road. The time and effort you put into keeping up with scheduled maintenance can save you big money in the long run. Your vehicle manufacturer's engineering department came up with a maintenance schedule and specific service intervals that are designed for your particular car, truck, or vehicle. Many of these services are basic and relate to most vehicles. We've included a standard maintenance schedule as a guideline to help the consumer with this process.

Automotive Apps

The mobile phone industry has become life-changing. Smart phones have changed the way we think, the way we plan (or don't plan) and certainly what we do when we are in our vehicles in route or stopped at an intersection. Whether you need turn-by-turn directions, a map to find your favorite restaurant, or the cheapest gas station in the particular area, it can all be accomplished on your mobile phone. Performance testing can also be easy...with the right app, of course. And now you can also use your phone to diagnose problems.

Preventative Maintenance

If you love your car as much as most people do, you'll want to take care of it. Performing preventative auto maintenance means going above and beyond your regular maintenance schedule. It's not an auto service, it's a plan to "prevent" costly repair bills. When you take the steps to not only regularly maintain and service your car, but add preventative auto care, you'll reap many benefits and rewards. We've included a few of these basic maintenance and service measures to keep your car in good shape.