By Steven Symes on March 08, 2018
Do you really have to change your oil every 3,000 miles, or is that just a waste of money? Will you kill your car if you don't let it warm up in the morning, and does fueling up in the morning really cut fuel costs? And what about all those additives they sell at the automotive stores - should you be using them or not? If you know the answers to these questions, you might just have what it takes to ace this car myths quiz.
After housing, cars are the second biggest expense or the average person. Not only does Kelley Blue Book estimate the cost of a typical new car in the U.S. at just shy of $35,000 in 2017, but when you add in fuel and maintenance, the average family shells out around $9,000 a year for their car, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This includes $3,000 in gas expenses.
With cars and related costs consuming such a big chunk of a typical budget, it's obvious that falling for false car myths can really take a bite out of your wallet. Even worse, the wrong maintenance or care can shorten the life of your vehicle, which can cost you more over time or even leave you stranded out on the road.
Think you can separate fact from fiction when it comes to buying, maintaining, and gassing up your ride? Take this car myths quiz to find out!