The cars created today are lasting longer than ever. Would you believe that there are drivers on the road maintaining vehicles with over 300,000 miles? With increased living costs and higher gas prices, more people are sticking with their old clunkers, and carefully maintaining their vehicles lifespan.
Since the 1970s, the lifespan of cars has increased tremendously. Cars are less susceptible to rust, corrosion, and everyday wear and tear. A car that once would be discarded after 50,000 miles is now not even blinking at the sight of 100,000 miles. Cars that were made in the late 1980s to mid-1990s have comparable gas mileage rates to the cars of today. When the facts about car maintenance are laid out, it’s hard for those looking into buying a new car, to justify the purchase.
However, the carmakers of today are starting to take note of their old methods. Companies such as Kia and Hyundai now offer 10-year warranties on their cars, which are typically running at over 100,000 miles.
Here Are Some Simple Tips To Keep Your Car Running Like New
Simple maintenance can keep your car turning over 100,000 miles. Many new cars come with vehicle maintenance plans that offer oil changes and services, included with the package deal of the car. If you see that your check engine or other service maintenance lights are flashing, don’t ignore it. Especially when driving an older car, it’s important to stay on top of any issues that may arise, in order to ensure its longevity.
Keep the miles moving, but watch out on your gas consumption. Work on becoming a better driver by staying safer on the road. When you maintain proper speed limits, slow down and speed up appropriately, and refrain from quickly pressing on the breaks, you’ll stretch your dollars even further. Additionally, these jolting issues with your car can quickly add up, costing you even more money on repairs. The worst offenders for these issues are those traveling during high peak traffic times. Watch your driving habits and see if you can improve, if anything, for the sake of your wallet!
Clean your car to keep it running for years to come. Michigan winters are hard on any car, with an excessive amount of salt riding up into the body of our vehicles. Take advantage of nice days and make sure to consistently keep your car clean with a good wash. Once you’ve been free of winter, make sure your car also is treated to a fresh wax job, to ensure that it is rust free.
To those who have stood by their older vehicle models, you can feel confident about driving for years to come with these helpful driving suggestions.
For more tips on car maintenance and how to keep your car insurance costs low, call E&Y Insurance Agency today! (248) 352-1313