High Mileage vehicles are being kept more often than not these days. Today the average age for a vehicle on the road is 11 years. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your car to go 150,000 to 200,000 miles or more.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, vehicle odometers would only display 99,999 miles. After that the odometer would “roll over” to zeros again.
Here are some tips for keeping your high mileage vehicle on the road:
- Fix any problems immediately. Problems don’t just go away. They usually get worse. As soon as something unusual happens, take your car to your mechanic to have it looked at or repaired right away.
- Choose high-quality replacement parts. If you want to keep your car running, make sure to replace worn out parts of high quality. With parts you will generally get what you pay for.
- Follow your owner’s maintenance manual. Ignoring regular maintenance during your car’s early life will lead to larger problems down the road. Change the oil, check tire pressure, rotate tires and maintain fluids.
- Keep it clean and drive with care. Really important for cars driven during the winter. If the frame rusts, well not much you can do except get rid of the car. The more gently you drive your high mileage car the longer it will last.
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