Here are a few ways to extend the life of your high-mileage vehicle.
Replace Vehicle Components Before They Break
It makes financial sense to replace certain parts before they cause a breakdown. Don’t believe it? Take a timing belt. A routine replacement may cost several hundred dollars, but the cost to repair damage from a broken timing belt will run into the thousands.
For most vehicles, the water pump and timing belt should be replaced around 75,000 miles.
It’s a no-brainer that regular maintenance is important for all vehicles, but fine-tuning is especially important for high-mileage vehicles. This includes changing your oil every 5,000 miles, transmission fluid every 30,000 miles, air filter every 15,000 miles, spark plugs every 60,000 miles, getting regular tune-ups, and so on.
Use High Mileage Fluids
As the lifeblood of your vehicle, fluids are always important. But they’re even more crucial for high-mileage vehicles. When your vehicle reaches 75,000 miles, most mechanics advise using high-mileage blends of transmission fluid, oil and other fluids.
Follow the Owner’s Manual
The owner’s manual is a treasure trove of information about your vehicle’s specific needs beyond 100,000 miles, and following the guidelines in your manual can help extend the life of the vehicle.
For instance, if your manual says use premium fuel, use premium. And if your manual recommends changing the spark plugs every 40,000 miles, do it. It will cost you a few dollars now, but it could save you a fortune in repairs later.
Avoid Discount Oil Change Stations
A dirt-cheap oil change will save you a few bucks now, but it could end up costing you more in the long run. Technicians at discount oil change stations are usually inexperienced, and the last thing you want is a novice fiddling around with your engine. Get your oil changed at a dealership or full-service shop with good customer reviews.
Follow these steps and you could drive your current car for some time to come. You could also save money on car insurance by taking good care of your car.