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Cars can be very complicated to understand and for that reason, our knowledge is very average. We know the basics of how to take care of our vehicles in order for them to run properly for long periods of time. Yet today we still believe common misconceptions that most likely our close group of friends or family has passed down to us. 

We are going to discuss the biggest myths we still believe today on our vehicles. Consider yourself educated. 

Off-brand gas will hurt your car
"Actually, there's no good reason to avoid "off-brand" gas stations that charge less. Name-brand stations like Mobil and Shell may put extra engine-cleaning additives in their gasoline, but using generic gas won't harm your engine in any way - it has to meet the same standards as the pricey stuff."

Premium fuel makes your non-premium car run better
"More expensive gas isn't purer or cleaner than the regular version. It is less combustible, which makes a difference for powerful engines, but has no effect in your Camry. The Federal Trade Commission puts it simply: In most cases, using a higher octane gasoline than your owner's manual recommends offers absolutely no benefit."

"You'll get more gas if you fill up in the morning"
"Mornings are a bit cooler than midday - so when the air is cool, gas is denser, right? Well actually, the temperature of the gas doesn't change much when the air is cooler, which means you really aren't saving any money when filling up in the cold. Gas temperatures should be relatively the same 24 hours of the day, which means waking up super early for a gas run isn't making any difference for your wallet."

Perform an oil change every 3,000 miles 
Changing your oil in a timely fashion helps to prolong the life of your engine, but does it really need to be done every 3,000 miles? At one time, it was wise to er on the side of caution with this guideline, but it's not needed now that the fluids, filters, and engine have advanced. 

Do vehicles with manual transmissions get gas mileage?
This myth about manual transmissions having better fuel economy than automatics used to be true. Remember, the first automatic transmissions in automobiles were back in the 1950s and 1960s. In those early years, the technology was still new, so automatic transmissions weren't as fuel efficient as manual ones. as you might imagine, automotive technology has come a long way since then, and today's automatic transmissions and manual transmissions have equivalent fuel economies. 

Hopefully, we could look at our vehicles from a different perspective today. Let us know what myths do you still believe today. 
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