How to Keep your High-Mileage Car on the Road for a Long Time to Come

As many mechanics and dealership technicians can attest, it’s not uncommon to see vehicles still running strong with 200,000+ and even 300,000+ miles. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the average driver puts just 13,476 miles on the odometer every year, meaning it would take 14 years of average driving to reach the 200,000-mile point. With a five-year financing plan, you can have nearly a decade of car-payment-free driving if you take good care of your new car.

Want to know how to keep your new vehicle on the road until your kindergartner is in college? The secret is routine maintenance. With car maintenance, short-term pain means long-term gain. Major vehicle maintenance jobs can cost hundreds of dollars, but compared to the price of buying a new car, financially it makes a lot of sense to invest in your vehicle’s future. Some drivers, once they are done paying off a car, will continue to deposit a portion of their payment amount into a savings account specifically intended for future vehicle repairs and maintenance.  

By-the-Book Maintenance Will Keep You on the Road

There are many, many outdated maxims that many drivers still use as a guide their maintenance habits.  One that many drivers are familiar with is the 3-month/3,000-mile oil-change “rule,” but this guidance is as outdated as $1/gallon gas. Automotive engineering has gotten to a point that your vehicle’s manufacturer was able to calculate the best point at which to change fluids and has kindly included this information in your owner’s manual. If you’ve never looked through your owner’s manual, it’s always a good idea to flip through it and read your maintenance schedule recommendations so you don’t perform unnecessary service or forego important service.

Be sure to pay attention to what your onboard computer tells you. The jumble of letters and numbers shown on the dash of many vehicles today is actually an easily decipherable maintenance code. Flip to the appropriate section of your owner’s manual to see what you’ll need to address it. Be wary, though: a private garage that lacks the components needed to do the job may simply reset the code. Write down the maintenance code before taking your vehicle to a garage and double check it with your invoice after services are completed to be certain.

Get Low-Cost Service in the Davis, CA, area at Hanlees Auto Group Dealerships!

If you want your new or used car to last you long after you’re done paying it off, consult your owner’s manual and bring your vehicle to a Hanlees Auto Group dealership at the recommended time! If you drive a Toyota, Chrysler, Nissan, Dodge, Hyundai, Chevrolet, Jeep, Buick, Ram, GMC, Subaru, Kia or Volkswagen, we’ve got a dealership where expert technicians will take care of your vehicle with OEM parts and specialized training. We’ve got service centers in Davis, Napa, Fremont and Richmond, so visit us today!

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