There are a lot of misconceptions that can be passed off as fact within the automotive world. While some common myths may not hold a lot of validity, we're here to help highlight the truthful aspects.
Myth: American cars are made in the U.S.
American vehicles are assembled in the United States, but it's common for foreign automakers to create some critical parts overseas.
Myth: Premium fuel boosts performance.
Premium gas may be more expensive, but using it doesn't guarantee it will boost performance. Premium gas is for vehicles that need to use a fuel that has a higher-octane level. The best fuel to use is always the type recommended in your vehicle's owner manual for top performance. Also, save yourself the extra few dollars if you can.
Myth: Replace all your tires at the same time.
If your vehicle isn't four-wheel drive, you can safely change just one tire at a time. Just make sure that the tire you're replacing is the same size, brand, and model.
Myth: Get an oil change every 3k miles
While this is subjective and depending on your driving habits, most experts suggest changing your oil every 5-7k miles depending on the type of oil you're using. Synthetic oil can offer you more miles on the road than conventional oil can.
Myth: You can wash your car with dish soap.
This isn't advisable because dish soap can strip the wax off of your card paint finish. It's always suggested to use a soap specifically designed for cars, as paint damaged can rack up a costly expense.
Myth: Electric vehicles are more likely to catch fire compared to gas vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, research has found that electric vehicles are no more likely to catch fire than conventional cars.