An older car can be a very valuable one to the owner! Many times an older car can generally mean no payment or a very low one. It is also one you are comfortable with and possibly have been driving for quite some time.
However, when cars get some age on them, there are extra steps of TLC that need to be performed to make sure you are getting the most from your oldie but goodie!
There are many things that can happen to an older car that signal the beginning of some serious problems. A few examples of these issues are gaskets becoming brittle, seals deteriorating, leaks happening from various locations and balding tires. Whatever the case may be, some extra precautionary steps taken on a regular basis can mean the world to making that older car last even longer!
- Check your oil often! They say generally every 3,000 miles but an older car may burn oil quicker. Check it every 1,500 miles to be on the safe side!
- Get tunes ups on a regular basis. It is best not to let that slip by like you may have when the car was newer. It’s kind of similar to an aging adult. Go regularly to those doctor appointments!
- Don’t neglect any of your car’s safety features such as brakes and airbags. These can be looked at during a regular tune up if you request.
- Have a good mechanic as a back up if there are things you can’t do. Make sure he or she is knowledgeable about older, high mileage vehicles.
- Listen carefully to your engine. As Carinsurance.com quotes “When a car gets 50,000 or 60,000 miles on it, it’s not new anymore. You will notice small noises and oddities.” Just have an ear open for this!
- Change filters and spark plugs on a regular basis.
- Watch for any oil leaks that may be occurring. These can be serious so make sure you get it checked out immediately if you notice anything.
- Check tires weekly because if they have some miles on them, you want to keep an eye on the tire pressure and the tread.
- Keep air filters clean!
This is a general list to help you keep your high mileage vehicle in tip top condition. Many people choose to have an older car because they feel they are saving money. However, if you aren’t taking care of it the way you should, then you could end up having to ditch the old car sooner than you would like!
At Sedalia’s Bryant Motors Service Department, we are here to answer questions that you may have regarding any issue with your older vehicle. One of our factory-trained technicians are always happy to offer assistance. If you feel you are ready to move on to buying another car, we would love to help you with that as well. Also, please continue to browse our blog for a variety of car related topics.