Don’t Wait Before It’s Too Late

Car Maintenance Did you know there are over 250 million used cars on the road in the U.S. today? Many people choose to purchase used because they can’t afford a brand new car or perhaps they don’t want to get killed on depreciation values. Whatever the reason is for owning a used car doesn’t change the fact that just because the car is out of warranty doesn’t mean you can neglect regular and routine maintenances.


If you’re going to neglect your car in the short-term, you can expect to pay even more dearly in the long run.   An issue that might cost a couple hundred dollars now to repair could wind up costing you several hundred more if the issue worsens.


The good news is most cars now are more reliable than ever. In the 50’s and 60’s cars were considered spent after 100,000 miles. Most of the odometers would roll over after 99,999 miles. With most cars built after the millennia, you can expect to get 200,000 miles out of them with proper maintenance. I had a used 1992 Mazda MX-3 that was still running strong when I got rid of it with 197,000 miles on it.


It’s no different than going to the doctor once a year for a routine checkup. They’re going to check items like the oil level, coolant levels, air filter, brakes, fuel filter and more. All of these things are very inexpensive to maintain and replace but more importantly, they can be great indicators of more serious issues.


If your oil is left untouched and ignored long enough and they notice metal fragments this could mean significant engine wear has occurred and pistons, and cylinders could need to be replaced which could cost over a thousand dollars to repair.


As a used car owner myself, I know car repairs never come at a good time, but know that it’s an investment in long-term reliability and safety for you and your family. If properly maintained you can expect your ride to last well over 10 years and 200,000 miles.


Contact our service department today to check your vehicles maintenance schedule and what might be due.


Happy Motoring!