keeping cars longerEven with the improved economy of the last year or two, more people than ever are keeping vehicles with mileage beyond 100,000, 150,000 or even 200,000 miles. Older vehicles don’t have the bells, whistles and some of the updated safety features that newer cars do, but they do offer advantages, namely no monthly loan payments and lower insurance rates.

Improvements in technology, build quality and metallurgy have given most vehicles significantly longer lives. With proper care and maintenance, virtually any car can stay on the road as long as the owner wants it. As vehicles age, they develop more problems due to normal wear and tear. If your vehicle has more than 100,000 miles, do your homework and read owner forums and other sources that detail typical problems for your model. Knowing that your vehicle is prone to a typical problem allows you to be prepared for it.

No matter what older car you own, it will benefit from regular tender loving care.
Start with manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule as some items require replacement based on time rather than mileage. Fix everything as soon as it breaks and don’t ignore seemingly small items like broken trim or electrical glitches. Make sure quality replacement pats are used. You don’t always need OEM parts, but in some cases they’re preferable. Discuss options with your mechanic.