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7 Car-Care Myths That Need to Die

Your Great-Uncle Frank may have gotten 150,000 miles out of his Studebaker, but the advice he handed down is probably out of date. There are many sayings and shibboleths to watch out for if you want your car to have a long and healthy life. Even if you lease and your car's longevity isn't really an issue, knowing the difference between myth and reality could save you money.

These seven myths, in particular, continue to steer well-intentioned drivers off course. Take a look.

Myth: Premium Gas Is Better for Your Car

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The term "premium" is just marketing; that's why it's often dubbed Ultra, Supreme, that sort of thing. The only reason to buy, um, premium gasoline is if your vehicle can benefit from the higher octane levels it has. Octane is a measure

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