Never Buy These Car Parts

Never Buy These Car Parts

rev up your engines
today I’m gonna talk about how you don’t always have to buy the most expensive
parts for your car now of course we all want our cars to last as long as
possible we don’t want to use junky parts on our cars but on the other hand
we don’t want to pay a bunch of money for stuff we either don’t need that you
can find somewhere at a lower price know as an example take motor oil this is a
very good motor oil it’s redline but the cheapest I could
find this thing online was a little bit over $10 a quart Wow the Amazon full
synthetic that they now sell on our own it’s less than three dollars and 40
cents of course now they’re both good oils they’re both rated as excellent
oils by the American Petroleum Institute the API actually the Amazon has a little
bit higher grade rating than this does and I do have to say some of my
customers who actually race cars swear by the red line in their race cars that
they’re putting on a race track you really don’t need to buy the more
expensive oil for normal driving let’s talk about synthetic oil itself now if
you got the modern car that needs like a 0w 20 or you can only get that in full
since that actually have to buy synthetic but if you have an older car
that doesn’t need full synthetic oil a lot of times it’s a waste of money for
you especially if you’re like me and I don’t put down any miles on your
vehicles because of course over time they’re all degrades they tell you to
change your oil once a year regardless of the mileage you put on it if you’re
buying $10 quart oil you might be able to get a buck and a half at Walmart for
just plain old normal oil and if you’re only driving three four or five thousand
miles a year you don’t need to buy the synthetic oil
so of course you take all that in consideration when you’re buying oil for
your a car just because you’re paying a whole bunch more you may not need that
as long as your oil has this API certification American Petroleum
Institute you can read about your own car your own engine online and make sure
that that oil has those figures that’s all you need to know now when it comes
to cosmetic stuff like these headlights you really don’t want to get ripped off
and buy the most expensive parts the old lights on this
matrix went bad if I bought them at the dealer the replacement assembly
we’re two hundred and fifty three bucks apiece I got these better looking ones
with the dark smoky plastic on them for fifty five dollars online not only did
they fit perfectly but they look a lot better than the original ones and as you
can see these things have been on for over five years they look perfectly fine
they’re actually lessening better than the original ones they got more style so
you don’t have to spend five times as much for something that isn’t even as
good it’s a cheaper one now let’s talk about expensive tires tires are rated in
various ratings and the real super expensive ones they’re high speed they
have to be really soft so that when you take off with a monster engine
they’ll grip the road and so they kind of erased themselves while you’re
driving down the road if you go fast all the time think race cars 500-mile race
they might go through six sets of tires if your tires were I pit fast you’d be furious
in most cases you don’t need to buy the super expensive super soft ones no you
got a normal car you’re not driving like a racecar driver you don’t need to buy
those tires and if you’re like me and don’t drive that many miles I never buy
the super expensive tires I didn’t buy the expensive tires because I don’t
drive that many miles and long before the treads worn out my tire is always
dry right the ultraviolet rays of the Sun the heat of driving eventually makes
the rubber crack and you gotta replace I remember years ago my wife had a toyota
cressida the tires still had about ninety percent of their wear so I didn’t
think about it but one day she calls me up says I got a flat tire luckily she
was only a block down the street put the spare on drove home then I checked all
the tires and man they were all dry rotted for sure even though they had 90
percent of their tribe left I looked at the dates and these cars were over ten
years old now surprisingly enough the tires on my Celica even though
they’re ten years old and they’re dirty they’re still not crack and they’re
Chinese tires they were really cheap tires their holding up quite well but if you
look at the tars and you see all kinds of cracks going all around them you know
it’s dry ride and it’s time to get new tires and if you don’t drive a lot of
miles like me don’t waste your money on super expensive tires you know
and if you do a lot more driving say you drive twenty thirty thousand miles
here you’ll want to buy good tires of course but when you go to buy tires
your main emphasis is going to be on which ones are gonna last the longest
you don’t need those fancy Z rated tires to racing if you’re not racing around
like a maniac see which one’s lasts longest at the best price and then buy
those now the next thing you don’t waste too much money on is car batteries
throughout basically the same other than some of those fancy gel Spiral ones but
there’s actually only a few companies that we actually make batteries and then
they just put different names on them and sell them to other companies oh you
want to price around when you get a batteries look at the cold cranking amp
for the higher it is the better the battery and price them go on the
internet look around because you may be in a discount auto parts store but their
battery prices might be sky-high I’ve seen batteries that were one hundred and
sixty nine dollars in a discount auto parts store yet you go to other places
Walmart whatever and you find a cold cranking amp battery eighty or ninety
dollars it’s certainly not gonna spend one hundred sixty nine or whatever at
the high price place for a battery that is equivalent almost half price
but here’s one where you really want to spend more money some of the
modern cars come with these absorbed glass mat batteries they have a longer
storage life more power if your car came with one of these AGM batteries when you
replace it you really are better off putting an AGM battery back in I would
not go back to just an old fashioned battery like this one here to came from
autozone that has battery acid and water inside it you want to stick to the
absorbed glass mat because I’ve had customers that did go from the AGM and
they put in the regular ones because they were cheaper sometimes within a
year or so that next battery would go bad there you want to buy the more
expensive one because your car was designed but even and you can price
around now let’s go on to more complicated things like say your fuel
pump these Toyota’s announced I’ll have these Nippon Denso fuel pumps in and
yeah if you want to replace your fuel pump you want to put another Nippon
Denso in you know one of those cheap Chinese knockoffs
I’ve seen those things not working at all last a few months and breakdown you
got to drop the gas tank to change your fuel pump it’s such an expensive job you
weren’t a good one but you don’t have to go to the dealer to buy that Nippon
Denso pump as an example the dealer Nippon Denso pump assembly for this
matrix is six hundred and fifty seven dollars they’re not giving them away but
you can always find that Nippon Denso pump somewhere else they’re available
here in Houston locally cost me a hundred and forty dollars for one that
start in a trunk now in case it ever goes bad and of course if you’re
planning way ahead you could buy it online find who’s got the best price
because let’s face it if you fuel pump goes out you’re gonna want it fixed
right away so you can try maybe the local guys just gonna say hey I gotta
buy it at the dealer yeah it’s the only place I can get them well
guess what if you got one in your trunk as a spare you don’t have to worry about
that I do all my cars just I don’t wanna be stranded in the middle of no where
with a fuel pump that goes out I’d have to buy some
super expensive thing one for a lot less I gotta have a spare in the trunk now
the next thing not to spend all your hard-earned money on the most expensive
product out there when you’re waxing or polishing your car I like this new
finish it’s not a wax technically it’s a polish but these
bottles you know their like six seven eight dollars they don’t cost much and it
says once a year well that’s nonsense I still do it four times a year but I have
seen fancy polishes and wax kits that are made in Germany for people in their
elite cars and some of these kits will be one hundred and sixty two hundred
something dollars don’t waste your money on that stuff you know it’s just another
scam that whoo you got a real expensive car you need a really expensive wax
there’s all those ceramic nanotechnology coatings and stuff most of that stuff’s
a line of bull, I had people send me this stuff to try out and they said Oh Scotty
you’re so great and then I’d say we’ll you know send me some proof of how your
stuff works let me give me some nonsense I’m never allowed to talk to an engineer
or scientist will say exactly how the stuff works when they’re selling I’m out
of some website or come from Russia and these little bitty bottles will be
like 49.95 keep the money in your wallet don’t buy that stuff it’s a bunch of
junk, it’s just sales gimmicks to try to suck you into buying it cuz oh I want to keep
my car’s paint great shape just use the regular stuff it works fine and it
doesn’t cost that much and the last thing I’m gonna talk about
now waste your money is gasoline most cars these days I make to run on regular
gasoline in the United States they run perfectly fine don’t waste your money
putting in the mid grade or the high test gas they give you all the ads make
your car run better lalala actually if your modern car was made to run on regular
gas it’s gonna run better on regular gas than it is on a high test test they’re
designed to run on that particular octane you put a different octane in it
actually may not burn as well they charge so much more for the high test
gas than they do for the regular gas and the cost of production really isn’t all
that much different listen well it’s our advertising cost that’s already charged
mark if you notice all our advertisements only advertise the
expense of high octane gasoline you check it out that’s still the truth
today you never see them advertising the cheaper gas their eyes advertising the
high octane one makes your car run better blah blah blah blah don’t fall
for that stuff and maybe you want to stay away from the really sleazy
convenience stores in the bad part of town because if they did get bad gas
yeah good luck getting them to pay to fix your car I have actually had that
happen to some of my customers and they denied all responsibility and hey you’re
gonna take somebody to court for something I might have cost you eight
$900 on your car hardly anybody’s gonna do that so you’re better sticking to the
big names because hey you know they got insurance and if they got a station that
somehow got bad gas I don’t know what that station got bad gas in the company
big company it’s gonna stand behind it they have to because it makes it look
bad if they don’t so now you know a little bit more about why you don’t
necessarily want to buy the most expensive things for your car if you
still want it to last a long time and not take too much money out of your
wallet doing so so if you never want to miss another one
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  2. A lead acid car battery with a higher Cold Cranking Amp (CCA) rating is NOT a better battery, nor will it give a longer service life than a battery of the same group size, with a lower CCA rating – the opposite is true. This is why auto manufacturers have different CCA ratings for southern cars and northern cars.
    To achieve higher CCA in the same size battery, the battery manufacturer has to install more lead cell plates in the battery. To fit more cell plates in the battery, the cell plates have the be made with thinner sheets of lead. The thinner lead cell plates do NOT last as long as a battery which was manufactured with thicker lead cell plates.
    Don't take my word for it – look it up!

  3. Scotty, so true. Wax: I was using DuPont's spray wax for the car after wash and touch ups. Brought out the shine. I don't they make it anymore. But, I found that Lucas spray wax is almost as good. All under $6. Kudos!

  4. Had to buy new coils for my 4.6 3v

    118 dollars for 8 at the local parts store

    25 dollars for all 8, on Ebay. all OEM spec. Runs like a top now

  5. What do you do with all of this "motor oil?"
    I have twice been corrected, informed that my car doesn't have a "motor." It has an "engine."
    I never see "engine oil" in the stores.
    Someone needs to let General MOTORS, Ford MOTOR Co., Harley-Davidson MOTOR Co. know about this. It should be "General ENGINES," Ford ENGINE Co., Harley-Davidson ENGINE Co., and that they make ENGINEcycles, not MOTORcycles.
    My car does have motors: starter motor, heater fan motor, radiator fan motor, etc. They don't call for oil. There isn't any provision for putting oil in them. If I did take them out and oil them, they could all be oiled with a few drops.

  6. A friend of mine was using 91 octane premium fuel in his 2001 Mazda Protege. I tried to tell him there was no benefit over 87 octane regular, that they have the same energy content, but he was convinced the premium has 'more power', and 'runs smoother'. Guess I'll have to send him Scotty's video.

  7. Scotty should i order rigatoni or fettuccini? I need another meatball sandwich. Don't forget to bash the Italians Scotty. Do what you do best.

  8. That being said: don't forget that your tires are the only thing keeping you on the road. So while you don't need racing tires, make sure that your tires are well-rated for the conditions that you typically drive in. Oh, and never buy used tires.

  9. Hey Scott. I love all of your videos lots of helpful info. Question for you. I have same es300 sa your. And I need shocks for it. Where is a good place to get them from ?

  10. I have a 2003 VW Golf. The former owners used to put synthetic oil in it. Should I still use synthetic or should I use the normal one?

  11. What are your thoughts on using those lubes to keep your tires from dry rotting? I wouldn't go super cheap on tires. My brother got Kirkland years ago and on turns you could hear them squeaking from slipping.

  12. Is it true that you should not let the level of fuel in your tank fall to a very low level as these electric pumps are submerged which help them stay cool otherwise I think they overheat and reduces its life expectancy.
    Is this true anyone?

  13. My worry about buying a battery from a store where you don't know how long it has been sitting on the shelf, batteries that sit for too long are not going to last to long, i try to get one from a place whdere they churn em out quickly.

  14. In all my cars,when I could afford high premium gas,I always noticed better gas mileage.That's when premium was only like .20 or .30 more

  15. I’m my car 2.5 Scion Tc2 high octane gas last longer than regular I drove my car just same miles same way of driving wether condition road ext not exceptions to my house and work for 2 weeks 31 mins there 31mins back … each week with different gas regular and 93 which is what’s offer in MA .. Regular gas I was 1-1’1/2 days short of the 7th days
    93 octane I was 2-3 days over the 7th day .. and engine felt a lot better and more responsive and non sluggish with 93 .

  16. I disagree wholeheartedly with your opinion on tires Scotty. I am a truck driver, 26yrs so far, and not all tires are created equal. Cheap tires do not provide as much traction in rain and snow and more expensive tires. Tires have a traction rating on them, buy the highest traction rating tire you can afford. Traction means control, and without control you have nothing.

  17. Lots of opinions here on tires and justified by circumstances. For me I live in the rainy Seattle area and to me wet braking performance is at the top of my list. Internet tire seller, Tire Rack, tests a lot of the tires they sell. I search by my tire size then check testing data on wet braking to narrow my selection. Like Scotty I don't drive enough miles to warrant an 80,000 mile tire. I will pay more for a tire that will make a difference in it stopping before colliding with something.

  18. Hey Scotty why does the Lexus LX require 93 octane gas and the Land Cruiser require regular for the exact same 5.7 L engine.

  19. Walmart has excellent prices on batteries, fluids, filters…BUT….It is such a painful experience to pay for it and get out the door.

  20. Dad has an RV and those tires are more expensive than normal car tires. He's had a few problems with cracking and blow outs. Told him to put like armor all every so often and it's helped a lot to prevent cracking. Is this a bad idea?

  21. I have an Avalon King ceramic coating on one of my cars and it has really helped keep it clean and look good. I wash it about once a month and it looks just as good as when I put it on.

  22. i disagree 100% on the tires, countless studies show more expensive tires LAST MORE and are the most important part on your car.

  23. Hi Scotty! What do you think of those rumanian Dacias (Renault)? Cheap cars, very popular here in Europe. Any experience with them?

  24. I agree with the tires. An automotive engineer told me a $200 tire that's half worn out is not as safe as a brand new $100 tire. I also do not buy tires made of chinesium.

  25. dont buy the chinese cheap tires if you want cheap tires just buy smaller companies tires for europe at least some good companies are :
    (vredestein kormoran fulda kleber sava barum nexen bfgoodrich ) the tires are one of the few things that keep you on the road dont cheap out on tires

  26. I drive 30000 too 40000 miles every year on on vehicle i have moved to full synthetic an i go through two to three set of tires every year

  27. Tires start disintegrating from the moment they are made, and are only safe for about 7 years. They can look fine on the outside, even no cracks, but can be a time bomb on the inside. Never buy tires over 1 year old, and never buy used tires. The date of manufacturer (month and year) is stamped on the sidewall.

  28. Coming from someone who details(paint correction and ceramic coating ) personally the products you buy at autozone or any other retail store are usually crap it’s not about buying the most expensive products it’s about doing research and what products works the best at cutting and polishing your paint while wax only last a couple months ceramic coating can last over a year without having to re apply.

  29. Hi Scotty,
    You are awesome! your videos are very helpful, not that I am going to work on my car but at least I won't be taken for a ride by someone working on my car.

    Need your advice, I drive a 2015 Acura RDX. The recommended fuel is premium, but was wondering if it would be ok to drive on a regular gas? Would it affect the engine life, fuel efficiency or performance of the vehicle?

  30. whats a good tire for 2017 Mustang GT? It has the performance pack which means staggered tires – front tires are thin rear tires are wide.

    I dont race and these pirellis are like $250 each its ridiculous

  31. Agree 100% with you on the point about the "New Finish" polish…another great and super easy product I like to use often is "Turtle Wax" spray polish…

  32. My experience with AGM batteries was… they are GARBAGE. I paid more-than-twice the cost of a lead-acid battery… and only got 7-years' service out of BOTH (yes, I bought two,) versus 5 or more years from lead-acid.

  33. you dont really know what you are talking about…. Ceramic coating has been proven to work and save paint alot of times, yes you gotta use real brands for it, NEVER GO CHEAP TIRES YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF, also dont use any oil learn your engine first, some oils will do more harm than others. And ONLY USE THE GAS THAT THE CAR IS DESIGNED for unless you have changed and tuned your car, if your car uses 93 use it same way for 87 or e85 and such. Your knowledge really shows how old you are becouse its outdated.

  34. Scotty my 2013 VW Jetta Sportwagen TDi required VW 507 00 compliant 5w-30, possibly due to the scandal. $50 in oil each 10k change. ONLY oils available are Castrol and Liqui-Moly Top Tec. 2016 VW Tiguan requires Premium (Turbo 2.0 gasoline). Is 93 required or do you think 91 is Ok? Shell V-Power? I used Diesel Kleen Cetane booster for my TDi. What about us who need the expensive rare stuff? Should I still use Liqui-Moly in my Tiguan? I got Lucas Full Synthetic Heavy Duty Oil Stabilizer, it seems to be consuming oil at 32,000 miles. Techron fuel system cleaner in all vehicles or Sea Foam?

    Once at the dealership we got a knocking BMW Z6. We drove it with Seafoam in the crankcase for a week, the knock went away (lifter).

    What are your thoughts about premium products when required, and additives?

  35. If my car says premium gas. What if I just use regular gas. Is that really bad to do? I have an older Mercedes says premium fuel

  36. Scotty I have been having great luck with Nexens Rodian Htx rh5 all season on my pickup. I drive around 35-40k miles a year and I’ve had them for a year and theyre still 80% tread

  37. Scotty I disagree with you on tires. I have bought cheaper tires then the OEM Bridgestone
    tires that came on my car and the thing drove, rode and handled much worse.
    The cheaper tires lasted a long time, but when they did wear out, I replaced them with the Bridgestone
    Pole Position tires that came on the car and what a difference.
    I guess it depends on the car. In my case, it was a 2004 Nissan 350Z. I'd imagine
    on a Toyota it might not make as much difference. But on my Nissan
    and my newer 2014 Infiniti Q60S, the OEM tires allow the car
    to drive far better then other cheaper tires one can find for these cars.
    As for oil, I use what the owner's manual says to use. A full synthetic
    5W30 or 10W30. myself I have always used Mobil 1. It just works.
    Also use their filters. Also, with respect to gasoline my two cars
    say right in the manual to ONLY run them on premium fuel. It even
    says that on the fuel filler door. I learned a long time ago to
    pay attention to my owner's manual and discount the suggestions
    of the side walk mechanics. I have also tore down and rebuilt several engines from
    a 324 in a 54 Olds to a 4 cyl 2000 Honda and have seen the effects of using
    the wrong grade of fuel and long interval oil changes and the effects of both
    were not pretty.

  38. Scotty your heart's in the right place but some times your information is just dead wrong, AGM VS Flooded batteries information is a perfect example. AGM batteries produce minimal gases and require no maintenance in fact aside from putting them on a desulfator you can't maintain them but they are more prone to early failure than flooded batteries if take below 50% charge capacity, there's no need to replace an AGM battery with an AGM battery if you can find the same type and CCA battery in FLA for half the price unless venting is an issue. The flooded battery will typically outlast the AGM battery every time. Also thickness and number of plates in a battery has everything to do with the quality and longevity of the battery, even Walmart recognizes this, that's why they have three levels of battery for each type, I go with the MAAX five year warranty over the one year Value brand for a reason. You can tell by picking them up which one has thicker plates.

  39. A $1.94 a gallon?!?!?! I know it's Houston, you have sweat all over your shirt and your hair is dripping sweat too. But hey, it's all worth it Scotty. Get those great gas prices!!!!

  40. Scotty carries around a spare fuel pump, but doesn't think to check his wife's tires until they're 10 years old and dry-rotted.

  41. Buying a battery for my Rabbit Diesel sucks, it needs at least 850 cranking amps or it won’t start easily when it’s cold outside, but the battery holder is too small for most batteries of that rating, so I can either buy a more expensive battery that’s smaller in size, or deal with a battery that’s too big that has to be held in with a bungee cord, but my battery tray is rotted out anyway, so it doesn’t really matter much anymore…

  42. Get this. I have a F-250. Big V8. 40 gal tank. Love it. It was time to replace the battery. I bought a 4 post. When the power goes out in my area i hook up my 2500 power inverter. I can run my refrigerator and a few lights. Only takes a few minutes. Works everytime. Why spend the money on a generator. I have a V8 sitting in my driveway.

  43. You don't need synthetic oil for an old beater. Just make sure you do have oil in it. You don't need expensive parts get the lifetime parts at the auto parts store.

  44. No one know??? China tires are the best tires made in the world, lol people dont know nothing, the countries like america lol its expencive its better ehehe, just because its china is no good lol they are the biggest tire productors in the world in all my life i have more problems with others tires then chinese ones, in the car in the truck.

  45. Putting a z rated tire on a honda civic is just stupid but you wouldnt want a r rated tire on a super car or higher end sports car. I certainly wouldn't put anything other that the goodyear f1 super car tire that came with the car from factory. Yes they are expensive but last awhile if you drive normally.

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