Make Your Car Last Longer
People are keeping their cars longer these days, various polls tell us. According to one recent study, the average age of vehicles in the U.S. is a record 11.6 years. With big improvements in powertrain technology, rust prevention, lubricants and other technology, cars are easily lasting 200,000 miles and more, Consumer Reports shared. Now, they said, almost any vehicle can make it well into six-figure mileage with proper care. Here are a few ways to get the most miles out of your car.
- Buy a reliable car to begin with. Look for a make and model that has a reputation for quality, reliability and safety.
- Keep up the maintenance schedule on your vehicle. A well-maintained car will last much longer, generally, than one that misses oil changes, tune-ups and other vital maintenance items.
- Check under the hood occasionally and look for frayed or cracked belts, fluid leaks or odd noises. They could be signs of problems that would be cheaper to treat immediately.
- Clean your vehicle. This can preserve its paint and prevent rust.
If you don’t want to pay a high price for a new car, buy one that is two or three years old. Its depreciation has slowed, but it should still have plenty of miles left.