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New Survey Shows Vehicle Health of Equal Importance as Personal Health

July 21, 2008

HOUSTON – A recent poll revealed that Americans place nearly equal importance onvehicle health and personal health. Results of a nationwide survey commissionedby Shell showed that 73 percent of Americans go out of their way to make suretheir cars are in tip-top condition through maintenance, while 68 percent goout of their way to keep physically fit through regular exercise, according to www.tradingmarkets.com.

Similarly,the survey shows 40 percent bring their cars in for maintenance at least onceevery 5,000 miles, and 35 percent go to the doctor more than once a year.

Also alarge majority (63 percent) of survey respondents go out of the way to makesure their vehicles use only the best parts and accessories — 73 percent saythey can feel the difference when their vehicle’s engine is clean andresponsive.

Thebiggest maintenance issue for America’svehicles, according to 39 percent of respondents, is the build-up of gunk inengines, which most (60 percent) described as similar to fat clogging bloodvessels.

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