There are two conversations that can always raise the hackles of any truck owner, and draw a line in the sand with sides to be chosen: diesel vs. gasoline and stick vs. automatic. Each side has their arguments for and against, and each side knows without a doubt that they are right. Regardless of which side you fall on, there are few things you should know before you join the back and forth, so here are five myths exposed when it comes to a manual or automatic transmission in used trucks in Ocala.
#1– A manual car is less likely to get stolen.
While the logic behind this statement can be understood, there isn’t any factual basis to confirm it. It’s true that there are fewer people who know how to drive stick, but that doesn’t mean car thieves are among them. The National Insurance Crime Bureau tracks car thefts and hasn’t been able to discern a pattern of stick versus auto thefts one way or the other.
#2 – High performance sports cars only come with manual transmissions.
It used to be that sports cars only came with a manual transmission, and the driver was in charge of the shift and power behind that beautiful engine. Nowadays, many sports cars only come as an automatic because technology has been able to surpass even the savviest of manual drivers.
#3 – Teens want to drive stick.
Sure, after watching any of the “To Fast, To Furious” movies, teens may have a momentary pang for a stick shift, but the reality is that driving instructors aren’t receiving many requests from teens looking to learn stick. They’re usually happy to learn on the automatic that they’re borrowing from their parents.
#4 – Stick shift vehicles get better gas mileage.
For a long time, this was one of the top power plays for the manual transmission group, and for a long time, it was true. However, technology is back to kill this myth too. With improvements in the performance and timing of automatic transmissions, the gas mileage averages of stick and auto have been creeping toward each other for years. The gap is now down to a difference of about 1-2 mpg in favor of the manual. So, it is still true…for now.
#5 – Manual transmission cars are cheaper than their automatic counterparts.
This was the supreme battle winner, the proponents of automatic transmissions couldn’t counter it – it was simply a fact. However, time and technology have also started to chip away at this argument point, and now pricing for both types of transmission are very similar. As the demand for manual transmission vehicles continues to fall, the price gap also continues to fall.
If you’re still trying to choose between a stick or auto for your used truck in Ocala, stop by the lot to chat with one of our sales professionals – they have all the latest info. While you are there, be sure to check out our truck selection, and speak with a friendly sales person. Give us a call, locally at 407-321-0660 or toll-free 866-442-7667, or browse our inventory online.