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Maintenance Myths

Don’t waste money on outdated advice

Implementing small changes, drivers could save up to $538 a year or $6,610 in the lifetime of their vehicle. In any economy, every penny counts. That’s why it’s important to get the facts.

  1. Maintenance Schedule
  2. Warming up your vehicle
  3. Premium gas
  4. Tire inflation
  5. Getting gas in the morning

Debunking a few of the most popular maintenance myths, including the following:

  • MYTH: Cars need oil changes every three months or 5,000 kilometers.
    False: That used to be true, but not with newer cars. Because of synthetic oils that don’t break down as quickly, consumers actually don’t need oil changes as often – more like every 7,000 to 10,000 kilometers. (There may be two recommendations for oil-change intervals: one for normal driving and one for hard use. Check your maintenance guide to be sure.)

    SAVE: Either way, there’s a considerable savings here: Let’s say you’re an average consumer who drives 20,000 kilometers a year, which means you would need about four oil changes a year under the old formula. With the new extended mileage, consumers need only about two oil changes a year, cutting their bill for oil changes in half – you could pocket upward of $50 a year or $650 in the lifetime of your car and do something to help the environment by saving oil.