To Infinity And Beyond!
Well maybe not infinity but more like 200,000 miles. We know that 200,000 miles may seem like an unobtainable goal, but we are here to tell you that many experts will agree that basic maintenance is the key to reaching that illustrious mile marker on your vehicle’s odometer. We’ve put together the short list on what we have learned from being in the industry for 50 years on what you need to do to get there.
Read your owner’s manual
The owner’s manual for your vehicle may be the least read book in the world. But, we are encouraging you to change this worldwide trend. Buck the old ritual of letting it collect dust in the glove box and crack it open as soon as you drive your new car home. The golden nuggets of knowledge that your vehicle’s owner’s manual contains should not be overlooked. First things first, find out your car maintenance schedule. It will prolong your car’s life significantly. Make sure you read up on any of the manufacturer’s recommendations including the higher priced premium gas that is recommended for some vehicles. Following these simple directions can prevent unnecessary issues that will wear your car out prematurely. John Lawlor, technical advisor at NPR’s Car Talk says, “Though making regular visits to the mechanic for normal maintenance may seem like the expenses will add up quickly, you’ll most often be saving yourself lots of money in expensive repairs down the road.”
Get Back to Basics
Learn how to check your oil level. It’s the lifeblood of your vehicles engine, we recommend checking on your oil level every 1,000 miles in between your oil and filter changes. Also, pay attention to your car when something seems wrong. If you notice a difference noise, different smell, different handling, anything different get it checked out. It could save you a big repair bill down the road!
Don’t ignore your warning lights! Your vehicle’s monitoring systems are there for a reason. The longer you drive around with the warning lights on the higher the probability that the issue could escalate to catastrophic proportions that could hold you back from reaching the 200,000-mile mark.
Keep it clean! The paint on your car can be easily damaged by bird droppings, acid rain, or sap. It’s best to always have a coat of wax on your car to prevent the paint from being damaged, which can also keep the metal from rusting. Don’t forget the inside. Dirt that is left on your seats or dash can act like sandpaper, grinding into the surface every time you touch it.
Find a Mechanic You Can Trust
Now, obviously we aren’t the most objective source of advice on this issue, but you should really consider taking later-model vehicles to your dealership especially, if your vehicle is still under warranty. While it isn’t required for warranty repairs it’s just a more seamless option because of the dealership’s familiarity with the process. Also, the more recent the vehicle’s model year, the more complex it’s likely to be, and our dealership technicians undergo specific training so they know your car better than most.
Not only will proper maintenance keep your vehicle on the road longer it will also get you a higher price when it is time to sell it or trade it in.
Let us know in the comments section below if you would add anything to our short list to ensure that you reach that 200,000 mile milestone or hit us up with any questions you may have.