Make Your Car Last Longer
In 2006, the Consumer Reports National Research Center conducted a survey that found thousands of readers who had managed to keep their cars going for 200,000 miles or more. If you plan to buy a good vehicle and squeeze 200,000+ miles out of it, here is some advice from those readers:
- 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.