Latest News From Bumper to Bumper Radio

Debunking 4 Car Preventative Maintenance Myths | Good Works Auto Repair

Everyone has an opinion these days. But, the truth is, most opinions aren’t facts, no matter how much people believe them. In fact, you’ve probably heard your share of car preventative maintenance myths … we sure have. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can have the information you need to make the best decisions about your vehicle’s care.

4 Common Car Preventative Maintenance Myths That Simply Aren’t True!

Myth #1: You should change your vehicle’s oil every 3,000 miles.

The truth: This is quite possibly one of the most common car preventative maintenance myths. While this may have been true in your grandparents’ day, oil change frequency is different for modern vehicles. That’s mostly because today’s motor oil has additives and lubricants inside it that help it last longer. For most vehicles that are less than 15 years old, oil changes can be done every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. If you’re not sure, check your owner’s manual or talk to your trusted mechanic.

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 14, 2022 -- Born from a lineage of trucks and SUVs rooted in quality, durability and reliability, there's no question that the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is an absolute powerhouse. The campaign for the all-new Tundra, "Born For This," marks Toyota's largest U.S. campaign to date as the third-generation vehicle looks to build on its success in the full-size truck segment.

"This campaign showcases the unstoppable independence of the all-new Tundra," said Lisa Materazzo, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. "'Born For This' celebrates our most capable, dependable and advanced truck yet - exactly what our guests have been waiting for – and the all-new Tundra is born to deliver."

Hyundai Motor Group Takes Top Honors in 2022 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study

Owners of vehicles from Hyundai Motor Group nameplates report the fewest problems and frustrations compared to owners of other automotive brands in the U.S.

Kia ranks top brand overall and Genesis ranks top premium brand

Hyundai Motor ranks third overall, improving by four positions

SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 11, 2022 -- Hyundai Motor Group is the top-ranked automaker in J.D. Power's 2022 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) with its Hyundai, Kia and Genesis nameplates taking three of the industry's top four brand rankings overall, including the top spot.

Kia is the top-ranked brand overall, including all mass-market and premium brands, and Genesis is the top-ranked premium brand and fourth overall. Hyundai Motor is ranked third overall, based on VDS's PP100 (problems per 100 vehicles) scoring criteria.

Hyundai Motor also took top honors in the midsize SUV and midsize sedan segments with Santa Fe and Sonata, respectively. Kia Sorento took the top honor in the upper midsize SUV segment for the second consecutive year.

New-Vehicle Prices Retreat from Record Highs but Remain Well Above MSRP, According to Kelley Blue Book

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 9, 2022 -- New-vehicle average transaction prices (ATPs) decreased to $46,404 in January 2022, according to new data released today by Kelley Blue Book, after reaching a record high in December 2021. Prices fell 1.8% ($839) month over month mostly due to fewer luxury vehicles being sold in January, but prices remain elevated compared to one year ago, up 12.5% ($5,155) from January 2021. With new-vehicle supply holding steady at the same level since Thanksgiving and customer demand remaining strong, dealers continue to hold prices at or above the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).

"The surge in new-car prices appears to have peaked," said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Cox Automotive. "Yet, while we expect vehicle supply to improve, it will continue to be tight particularly through the first half of the year. Because of this, we expect prices to remain high for the foreseeable future, but car shoppers can rest assured we don't anticipate any more record highs."

Gas Prices March Higher With No Signs of Slowing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 7, 2022) — Blustery winter weather and geopolitical tensions are helping to drive the price of oil higher, which is in the low-$90s per barrel, nearly $30 more than in August. The recent cold weather in the U.S increased the demand for heating oil. Meanwhile, the concern that Russia will react to potential western sanctions by withholding crude oil from the already tight global market puts heavy upward pressure on prices. The national average for a gallon of gas has surged to $3.44, eight cents more than a week ago. Gas was last this expensive in 2014.

“This shows how events on the other side of the globe can have a noticeable impact right here in the U.S,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “And unfortunately for drivers, they are reminded of this by higher prices at the pump.”

Bumper Audio Clip of the Week

Bumper to Bumper Radio answers a listener's question regarding their cold air intake.