Seven Myths about Car Repairs

June 26, 2014

Keeping your vehicle maintained is very important. However, there are a number of myths out there that confuses people.

Here’s the seven myths about car repairs.


Car Repair Myths

When you’re getting your car repaired or maintained, there are a number of things that you need to keep in mind. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information out there that can make the process more difficult and confusing than it needs to be.

Here are a few myths about car repairs and the truth.

You can get an accurate quote by phone or email

Getting a car repair quote by phone or email seems convenient, but it’s not usually accurate. A service technician needs to inspect the vehicle in person in order to accurately determine the issue and what will be needed to fix it. If a repair shop gives you a quote without seeing the car, proceed with caution.

Manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedules only exist to make dealers money

This is not true. All vehicles require regular maintenance in order to perform correctly and reliably. The good news is that modern cars are more reliable, last longer and require less overall maintenance than ever before.

Leased vehicles don’t require regular maintenance

Not only is this statement untrue, but lease agreements stipulate that the lessee must follow the recommended maintenance schedule. If you do not regularly maintain your leased vehicle, you will have to pay for any damage or excessive wear and tear, which results from failing to properly maintain the vehicle.

On board computer diagnostics can determine the issue with your vehicle

While on board computers are valuable and can assist in finding an issue, they don’t tell the whole story. They’re also not 100% accurate. In order to receive the most accurate assessment of your car, you need to have it inspected by a qualified technician who can use knowledge, experience and training in addition to advanced diagnostics to discover the issue.

Oil needs to be changed every 5,000 km

This may have once been true, but it is no longer the case. Most vehicle manufacturers have adjusted this recommendation quite a while ago. Most now recommend changing your oil every 8,000 to 12,000 km. For a more specific number that relates to you exact vehicle, consult your owner’s manual. 

Premium fuel performs better than regular fuel

This is another situation where something was once true, but it’s no longer the case. In the past, premium fuel contained detergents and additives that would reduce carbon deposits. However, today all grades of gas contain these same detergents and additives. This means that most cars can use regular gas without issue.

All repair shops are equal

This is certainly not true. Different technicians have different levels of experience and different repair shops have different equipment, access to information and skill.

You also need to consider the difference between going to a dealer-operated or franchised shop versus and independent repair shop. Dealerships have technicians who are trained by the manufacturer and who have the experience in knowing your specific car better than anyone. While some independent repair shops also have access to the same information, they may not have the experience needed to complete the work.

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