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You’ve heard dozens of myths associated with cars. Some of them are true but a lot of them aren’t.  Here’s some to consider:   

Modifying your vehicle will void your factory warranty  –  It depends, many manufacturers will give you a hard time if you mess with the engine and/or engine control units.  Generally speaking, anything involving the interior or tires is alright, though.  

Wide tires perform better –  Yes, a wide tire will help a race car handle better, but for typical cars there is little effect. Unless you specifically want wider tires, narrow ones cost less and use less gasoline.

Bigger engines keep you safe during accidents – This one isn’t true but you always hear it.  It doesn’t matter what size engine you have during an accident.  Your engine can be pushed toward the driver regardless of size.  The real factor in whether or not an engine gets shoved into the passenger’s compartment is the design of the engine’s support structures.  

All gasoline is made equal – No. The basic gas formula is similar between brands, but each gas company adds their specific brand of detergent to keep engine components clean.  Just look at the advertising at the gas station if you question this.  

SUVs are safer than cars  –  SUVs are held to different standards because they are technically trucks in the law’s eyes.  As a result, SUVs may be safer than ordinary cars, but it depends on the SUV and when it was constructed.  

Hard tops are safer than convertibles –  That was the case long ago, but isn’t now. Vehicle safety is a huge priority amongst car makers nowadays and convertibles are now just as safe as hard-tops.   

Leather upholstery is the best to get (as opposed to cloth/vinyl) –  That depends. Leather is a fantastic material and has a rich smell to it but leather needs to be maintained and overtime, the material will wear out into seats that nobody wants. It is a matter of choice. However, the sales team at East Hills, a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM dealer in Greenvale, NY can discuss your options with you!

Increasing speed limits causes accidents –  Drivers typically attribute speed with accidents. This is the case sometimes, but not always. Studies show that the majority of accidents tend to occur more in lower speed zones than they do in the higher ones. 

A Long wheelbase will make a vehicle very stable – this is somewhat true. Amongst other factors to consider when thinking about how stable a vehicle will be include the vehicle’s weight distribution and its suspension design.

Maintenance is unnecessary – That’s never been true. You have to ensure that any worn-out parts are replaced and that all mechanical components are working right. If not then you might have some disaster. Get the recommended maintenance done on your vehicle! 

All-wheel drive is superior in the snow - While all-wheel drive will let you have control in low traction areas, it won’t help you stop any quicker! Honestly, to deal with snow you should really put snow tires on your vehicle during the winter.  

Every 3,000 miles, you need to change your oil –  This used to be true but not in the present day.  Today’s vehicles are made with much longer oil change intervals, up to 10,000 miles sometimes.  

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