The Big Lie Car Dealers Love to Tell - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

The Big Lie Car Dealers Love to Tell

AOL.COM - Here are Big Fat Lies of, about and concerning the vehicles we own, buy and insure.

1. A new car dealer says: "We don't make any money off the extended warranty. We really just off it as a service." This is a whopper. Dealers make hundreds of dollars extra profit if they can sell you the extended warranty.

2. Women edge out men in lying on car insurance forms by being more likely to lie about the length of time actually licensed to drive, as well as making attempts to get discounts for no claims. Men, though, are more likely to lie about having speeding and other moving violations.

3. "Seat belts can hurt you in a crash."

While seat belts can cause harm to a passenger during the course of a sudden crash, the injuries are usually minor, at most a few bumps and bruises. But these minor injuries are no comparison with the avalanche of hurt that a passenger or driver sustains in the same crash if the seat-belt is not worn: being hurled through a windshield is first on the list.

4. "Women are worse drivers than men."

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, men are still more likely to die in a car crash than women due to reckless driving behavior. Men typically drive more miles and engage in more risky driving than women. Not wearing a safety belt is also a more common issue among men than women.

5. "American companies don't sell fuel-efficient cars"

The Detroit Three currently offer small, highly fuel efficient vehicles such as Ford Fiesta and Focus, Chevy Sonic and Cruze and Fiat 500. But the real truth lies when you compare any vehicle model-to-model against its competition. The Sonic, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accents all get a combined 33 mpg, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.

Ford bests both Chevrolet and Toyota in fuel economy for pickup trucks, with the Ford F150 6- cylinder achieving a combined 19 mpg, while the non-hybrid Chevy Silverado gets 17 mpg, and the Toyota Tundra gets 18 mpg.

When researching any vehicle, whether it is a hybrid, big SUV, pickup truck or small econo-box, it pays to visit www.fueleconomy.gov to compare fuel economy among competing vehicles.

Why the perception that Detroit doesn't know how to make fuel efficient vehicles? Detroit has always created more and better pickup trucks and SUVs than Asian automakers, which has long tilted average fuel economy scores released by the government in the favor of Honda and Toyota. Detroit has long sold more larger vehicles than Asian rivals because U.S. carmakers have tended to make better ones.

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