If You Buy These Car Parts You’re Stupid

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. Okay Scottie, you were doing good until you started talking about not buying good tires. There is a Reason those cheap tires dry rot and that because they are made from inferior materials and compounds. The Higher Quality tires such as those by Michelin, Continental, BF Goodrich and a few others are made with compounds that can last for many years. The tread will usually wear out before there is any evidence of dry rot. I wouldn't want to deal with dry rot on a tire as that could and most likely would cause a bulge in the tire which could lead to a blow-out on the road if it wasn't detected. A lot of the higher quality and this higher priced all season tires these days have a silicon compound in them for much improved wet and snow traction. They work Very well and I would put them against any of the cheap tires, especially those made in China. NEVER BUY TIRES FROM CHINA! They are made with little to no quality control and fail regularly. Stick with High Quality tires as it is literally where the rubber meets the road.

  3. Are there mechanics who would replace a fuel pump with a customer owned part? I thought that the markup on parts is a big chunk of their income.

  4. I'm starting to think Scotty doesn't really drive his car. He turns it on, and revs it up, turns it off, then takes the bus to work.

  5. I disagree with using cheap oil if you don't put on many miles. Those are the conditions you should use the high quality oil because it's changed less often.

  6. Hey Scotty, I bought two Miatas used. Both had lead acid batteries located in the trunk, So right off the bat, I had to spend money on a proper (safe) battery for trunk placement. Hydrogen gas build up in a trunk is not a good thing. That is something the average driver doesn't know.

    Also, no tires will last long if the proper air pressure is not maintained. Most tire stores will check and adjust your tire pressures for free. People just have to remember to get it done.

  7. Always reward the lowest price gas stations by buying their gas. This will encourage all area stations to keep their prices low also to compete!

  8. I always buy better brand tires but wait for a good sale! Normally this is Michelin. For 50 years I have used Michelin and always have been very happy both with wear and performance. BUT, I save money by waiting and watching for great sale prices. Yes, even Michelin tires will be on sale at great prices a couple times a year!

  9. Scotty may not like Shell gas, but in Canada the Shell Premium V-Power 91 Octane fuel has no ethanol. That's the only fuel I run in my snowblower, lawnmower, and my Mk1 VW Jetta GLi. Never had a problem with fuel degeneration. I only run the cheaper 87 octane ethanol-blend in my daily drivers.

  10. Why use standard oil on a car you only drive 5000 miles a year when Mobile 1 is only $22 for 5 quarts at walmart. You're only doing it one time a year lol. You're only in for $30 a year with the cost of a good filter (not Fram).

  11. When it comes to batteries go to Costco/have someone go to Costco for you to get an Interstate battery. Same ones you’ll find at any store except it’ll be black packaging instead of green and white. They’re 25-50% cheaper than any other store selling them and end up costing around the same as a generic auto parts store battery, yet you get the quality and great warranty of an Interstate battery.

  12. Hi Scotty! So I was parking my car next to some neighbors cars for a while and they had some dry wall guys come work and I woke up one morning and there was dry wall dust all over my white car, now I washed it off and the paint has these little slightly gray spots all over it! What can I do?

  13. Redline is for idiots that oil is maybe worse than OEM in many instances. There are much better oils out there. Scotty is stuck on the american parts market. Doesnt have much knowledge or expertise outside of generic american brands.

    Have you ever even driven on advans? How could you give an opinion on something you never even tried? That looks stupid to me.

  14. I bought cheap Chinese tailpipe chrome trim. Looks exactly the same as the manufacturer fitted ones. But 10x cheaper. Looks great and 4 years later it’s still rust free.

  15. My new kia recommends 0w30 full synthetic oil but couldn't find it but found 0w20 full synthetic, would that be alright here in Dallas where it gets to 100 degrees farenheit?

  16. He's talking about CarPro products I think. But honestly they do sell elite products. People put coatings on their cars and they last a long time. I've used some of their products and they are good.

  17. The Owner's manual of my car recommends premium gas. After watching Scotty and all these other "gurus", I tried the low test. Guess what, the car actually runs better on high test just like the owner's manual recommended. When in doubt, refer to the owner's manual; they were written for a reason.

  18. Hi Scotty, my fog light casing of 2017 Honda Civic has cracked. I was quoted almost $500 by wrench. Is there a cheaper alternative? Thanks in advance

  19. Every time you talk about gas, whether good or bad, you show Shell gas stations. Are you trying to send a subliminal message?

  20. Yes Walmart batteries are cheaper, I came in with my own battery tester( mechanic for 40 years and had to leave work to rescue my wife) battery voltage 12.65 with only 345 cca ( spec 850 cca) they tested it and found volts at 12.52 and 325 cca ( battery discharging ) given a ticket and told their policy was to charge and retest . 6 hours later still no call, went down to raise hell , retested finally— yes battery was junk , given the excuses “ I don’t understand, I don’t understand “ when they finally checked warranty. Two year old battery by them was already changed — this was a core ?! Originally sold in 2015 . But I show them a receipt that I purchased it in 7/17 at 11 pm at night . Would they honor my receipt and warranty- no !!!. Because they could not override the computer for credit . Lost a days work , didn’t get my free replacement— I paid more at auto zone . But have never treated like that — paying more is cheaper in the long run sometimes

  21. Thanks Scotty I've always wanted to know the truth about regular versus premium You shock me … Thanks again..👍👍👍

  22. The battery story is false, yes there are only a few manufacturers but each company that has a battery built can and most use there own plans and how they want the battery built take a group 65 feom walmart vs a super start or a auto craft you can feel the wait difference

  23. Smaller fuel suppliers don't usually sell as much fuel either. The fuel they do have can get stale or even exposed to water from condensation inside the tanks. I only buy my diesel from a local cardlock and haven't had water in my separator for a decade.

  24. I run the car maintenance Youtube channel in Korea. I'm always learning such a great ideas on your channel. I hope we have a chance to be together. Thank you.

  25. I wouldn’t dismiss caranuba wax as a cleaner and polish on car paint. I’ve been using Xymöl products for over a decade and it’s always kept the paint shine the best and resist water stains better than other brands that I’ve tried. I’ve also tried claybar and compound wax from Meguiar’s and it is really good at removing micro particles stuck in paint.

  26. What do you think about used tires? I recently got 4x GoodYear 18 inch rims for $315 final price installed with 90% tread, and 2 years old. It would be $1000 for new ones. Its my first time buying used tires but I am very happy with the purchase.

  27. My friend always put AMSOIL in his daily drive civic lx 😂 I always out Valvoline synthetic in my TLx 24 bucks from Walmart ain’t bad.

  28. Scotty, I agree with pretty much everything but your stance on tires.

    Chinese tires are downright dangerous. Practically every review from Consumer Reports to TireRack has found the VAST majority of them lie about their various ratings. I think if you are going to talk about ratings and whatnot you should point out it's up to the tire manufacturer, NOT a government regulatory body, what ratings tires receive for traction, tread wear and speed rating. And we are talking about China here.

    Then you get into the actual performance, basic things like, you know, STOPPING, and Chinese tires rarely perform equal to even cheap name brand tires. That difference often determines if you avoid a crash or not.

    Corners cannot be cut when purchasing tires. Anything less than $100 installed (unless its like a 15") is generally going to be a pretty poor quality tire.

  29. Don't waste your life on POS tires. I generally buy the "high end" cheap tires. I know a good tire guy that knows what the best cheap tires are though. He will flat out tell you that the tires suck and are just for people that need tires and can't afford better. Sometimes cheaper brands are better than more expensive brands it just depends. I ended up getting the tires that he himself runs on his own cars.

  30. That was really bad what you said about tires. You are influencing a lot of people you should be a little more mindful of what you say…
    Love your work anyway. Cheers

  31. this video came perfect timing i was about to buy 4 new michelins for 125 a piece…i was worried about a different feel because all four originals are all michelins..got a 2000 acura rl

  32. Scott your killing me! You really need to do some research on synthetic oil! Do you due diligence!

    API lets oils made of Group III, IV, or V base oils (or any blends of them) legally sold as fully synthetic.

    Note that it is the complete, overall package and not the specific base oil or oils, that constitute the final quality and performance of that lubricant. Marketing and media hype will always attempt to persuade you that a certain product has an advantage over another.

    Conventional oil (non synthetic) are based on 3 different API (American Petroleum Institute) groups (I, II, & III) of base oils. Furthermore lubricants are designed to provide a viscosity

    that is low enough for good cold weather starting and high enough to provide adequate

    film thickness and lubricity when hot. Therefore, when hot and cold

    performance is required, a small response to changes in temperature is desired. The lubricants industry expresses this response as the viscosity index (V.I.). A higher V.I.

    indicates a smaller, more favorable response to temperature.

    Group I oils are primarily made by solvent refining crude oil to remove waxes (which freeze) & aromatics (which are good solvents & are not good at lubrication). Hydrotreating developed in the 1950s is used as an additional “cleanup” step by adding hydrogen to the base oil at elevated temperatures in the presence of catalyst to stabilize the most reactive components in the base oil, improve color, & increase the life of the base oil.

    Group II oils contain significantly lower levels of impurities (<10% aromatics, <300 ppm S) and V.I. (80-119). 1970's Hydrocracking is adding hydrogen to the base oil feed at even higher temperatures and pressures than hydrotreating. Feed molecules are reshaped and often cracked into smaller molecules and a great majority of the sulfur, nitrogen, and aromatics are removed. Clean fuels are byproducts of this process.

    Group III oils V.I. (120+) are primarily made by ISODEWAXING (includes the catalytic hydroprocessing steps of Hydrocracking, Hydroisomerization, and Hydrotreating). molecules with poor lubricating qualities are reshaped into higher quality base oil molecules. Today modern Group III oils can be designed and manufactured so that their performance closely matches PAOs. While Group III base oils have positive characteristics that approach Synthetic group IV and V oils, Groups IV and V are truly synthesized oils using selected starting molecules (the monomer(s)) up to the finished product, with specific and predictable outcomes.

  33. No matter if I drive a lot or not, I would not go with cheap Chinese tyres, or very long lasting hard ones. Safety is more important than anything, and I cannot afford to try out all the different cheap ones to see which ones are good. My experience with the ones I got with my first car, I don't ever want that again. So many times I skid on minor water puddles on the road, so many times I almost hit the car in front or the side of me because of this, so many near heart attacks I got after losing control of the car, I don't want that again. And I don't even drive hard. Most of these incidents were in medium to slow moving traffic.

  34. When it comes to wax or paint protection, Scotty you gotta try out the new Turtle wax Seal & Shine. Better than NuFinish and similarly priced.

  35. Super happy with my General Altimax tires, 3rd set on my Camry, quiet, smooth, great grip and not expensive and not made in China!

  36. Nobody in their right mind should buy CHINESE tires. Tires are the only thing connecting your car to the pavement. A blowout at high speed could kill you or your wife and kids. Buy the best you can afford. Certainly no less than a middle of price range. Engineering experience like Michelin or Goodyear is what you are paying for. Like Michelin used to say: "So much is riding on your tires".

  37. "Most cars are made to run on regular gas."
    Well, to meet CAFE standards, they're putting smaller turbo engines in almost everything from Civics to Audis, and most require a higher octane.

  38. You can also check out your local junkyard. They get cars in all the time that still have good usable parts. I found a new bumper for my car in perfect shape and it was the exact colour I needed too. Guy only charged me 75 bucks for it compared to buying one online and then having it painted could be up to 300 dollars or more. Junkyards are great if you need parts.

  39. Tyres – disagree. Don't skimp.
    Fuel – not the whole truth.
    Polishes and waxes – a more complex issue than put forward. Don't listen to a mechanic on this, talk to a detailer.

  40. Ceramic pro is legit they’re the only ceramic coating that last over a year… the silver package lasts 5 years and the gold is a lifetime warranty.I can definitely attest to how well it works I’m a certified installer for them, I’ve used 3 other ceramic coatings.. nothing works as well as ceramic pro or lasts as long

  41. NuFinish is a sealant, not a polish. But it does work well. I used it all the time on my crx. Now I use wax with carnauba because I own two black cars. It doesn't last as long, but it really makes the black look darker and more glossy.

  42. My Costco won't repair my pickup truck tires because they are over six years old. Now I don't have a spare because they won't remount my tire back onto the rim. I wish they told me that they wouldn't repair the tire because I can inflate my 5th tire when I need it.

  43. I agree with everything except the tires. Always run good tires. Cheap tires experience belt separation often, have poor traction, run noisey, and are usually square so they give a very poor ride. Stick with a good name brand like Michelin, Firestone, Bridgestone & Continental. You get what you pay for in terms of tires. Most important for keeping you safe in an emergency stop or defensive driving situation. Scotty is in Texas so snow, ice, a lot of rain etc. are not concerns for him i guess.

  44. Just wondering I have Engine light PO420 I have replaced both O2 senses and my catalyst converter it’s not even one-year-old I have 2 catalyst converters on one pipe O2 sensor in the middle between those two and one before the Engine ?

  45. Don't agree with the tyres advice. I bought cheap once, Nankangs, never again. I quickly learnt why they are nicknamed "Nankang no grips"!

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