Nowadays, with slow economic growth for the middle class, it seems people are keener on keeping their cars as long as possible. According to IHS Automotive, the average age of a car on the road in the United States is 11.4 years. The trend suggests that most people are interested in saving money by keeping their vehicle for an extended period of time.
However, in order for this to happen, there are several important TLC items you should have done if you want to get the longest lifespan from your beloved car.
Is it impossible to get at least 200,000 miles out of your car? Absolutely not! There have been many improvements in rust prevention, lubricants, powertrain technology and more which help ensure that modern cars, trucks and SUVs are able to run better longer.
The ASE-certified mechanics at Bryant Motors service department recommend keeping the tips below in mind if you want to stretch those miles on your old or new vehicle:
• Stick to a maintenance routine. Read your vehicle’s manual to understand the needs of your car. For instance, what type of gas is best for your car? How often should you have your oil changed? Transmission fluid? Get your car on a regular auto maintenance schedule to help prevent major malfunctions before they crop up. Consumer Reports suggests that people who drive a lot of miles or in harsh conditions may require a more frequent maintenance checkup.
• Don’t be cheap. You may think that you are saving money when you buy cheap, generic brand parts for your car. Sometimes these parts may be acceptable, but do your research. Cheap is not always the best and can end up costing you more money in the long run. For starters, read our blog post about the comparison of synthetic vs. conventional oil.
• Use your senses. We are blessed with the senses of sight, sound and smell for various reasons. Use these God-given abilities to pay attention to your car too! Pay attention to strange odors and sounds coming from your car. If it is not normal, get it checked out immediately.
• Keep it clean. Keeping your car clean on the inside and out is important. Not only will it make you feel better about what you are driving, but it can help your car’s appearance to last much longer.
• Find a trustworthy mechanic. Start today by finding an honest and experienced mechanic shop you can build a long term relationship with and one that begins to know and understand your car’s specific needs.
• Know the basics. You don’t have to be a professional mechanic to know when there is a possible issue with your car. Learn how to check your oil, tires, and other fluids to prevent problems ahead of time.
• Change parts before they break. Don’t wait for something major to go wrong before you replace it. Generally, when you replace a timing belt it’s a good idea to go ahead and have the pump replaced. Labor is expensive for working on both items but the parts are cheap. Therefore, getting it done at the same time can save you money. Consider changing transmission fluid by 100,000 miles, as well as replacing the bearings and brushings.
Are you looking to add a car to your family that can be around for years to come? Stop by our dealership at 2901 S. Limit in Sedalia so that we can show you some of our latest models. Also, meet some of our ASE certified technicians who can partner with you to help keep that car running past 200,000 miles!