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Make sure your car lasts……

You can save thousands of dollars over buying a new vehicle every few years, just by taking good care of the vehicle you currently own.  Make your car last 200,000 miles or more! Sounds crazy, I know but if properly cared for its possible.

Thanks to new products and the industry’s interest in the environment your cars maintenance and repair costs can be easiliy reduced and extend the life of your vehicle.  There are advances in lubricants, engine technology, and rust proofing that make cars more reliable than ever before.  To hang on to a car longer closely follow the maintenance schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual and follow the advice of someone who is knowledgeable and skilled – a specialist on the vehicle.  If you think by skipping service on your vehicle you are saving money, think again.  Missing even one auto service or repair can accelerate premature wear and cause damage, reducing the long-term reliability you were aiming for. As long as you stick to the schedule, you’ll save in the long run, even if some auto services or repairs seem expensive in the short run.

Some vehicles have sensors that take the guesswork out of maintenance, such as BMW, Honda, Toyota, and Mercedes-Benz.  These vehicles monitor the miles driven since the last service and record data such as how much stop-and-go driving is done, the engine temperature during each trip, and the time the engine spends operating at higher speeds.  It then calculates how quickly your oil is breaking down and alerts you when service is due.  Pretty amazing!! Overall these systems are fairly accurate. 

Whether you have a system that tells you are you put it in your personal calendar schedule those regular vehicle maintenance and repairs!