A lot of people have older vehicles. They’re good commuters, grocery-getters or toy-haulers. They enjoy the fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles/320,000 kilometers or more–as long as it’s economical to do so.
There are plenty of people whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own cars on the road.
Don’t Skip That Oil Change
A common factor of owners of older vehicles is that they never skip an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First of all, oil is the life blood of your engine, and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate the various parts of the engine. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine.
Additional Benefits of Scheduling an Oil Change
There’s another reason the scheduled oil change is so important for older vehicles. It’s simple–a trained professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss–let’s use brake fluid as an example–your technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or costly repair.
Your service technician will also visually inspect the vehicle for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth. And your service advisor will be able to remind you of other services that the factory recommends you get done.
Take Care of That Older Vehicle: Make an Appointment Today!
Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going to the dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don’t skip it. Of course, good maintenance costs money, but it’s far cheaper than new car payments. Give us a call to schedule your next oil change today.