By Bob McGartland
A Little TLC Keeps Your Beloved Vehicle Going and Going and…
Many of you love your car! You pamper it, you keep it clean inside and out and you want it to live a good long life. The newness may have worn off a few years ago but that doesn’t matter…you’ve bonded with this vehicle.
Some people keep their vehicles a very long time…over 200,000 miles and counting. If you love your car and you want to keep it longer, don’t fret. It is very possible. All it takes is some tender, loving care! Consumer Reports says “Keeping your car longer, specifically for 200,000 miles over the course of 15 years can save more money than the purchase of the vehicle itself.” Aaron Gold of About.com writes that, “With proper care and feeding, virtually any car can be kept running as long as the owner wants to keep it.” eHow.com reports that, “The longer you own a car, the less it costs you to own! A vehicle depreciates early on, actually it starts the minute you drive it off the new car dealer lot. It will lose 66% of its value in the first five years or $0.33 per mile the first 12,000 miles driven, assuming you drive the average of 12,000 miles per year.”
These record breakers have proven you can indeed keep it going! Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800 made the Guinness Book of Records in 1998. He has now logged over 1.6 million miles! Peter Gilbert and his 1989 Saab 900 SPG logged more than a million miles and it still had the original engine. It is now on display in a museum. Frank Oresnik and his 1991 Chevy Silverado hit the million miles with its original engine too!
If you plan to keep your vehicle for a long time to come, keep it washed and waxed on the outside and clean inside too! Don’t put off routine maintenance. Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. Being in the automotive service and repair business, I know that taking certain preventive measures, such as timely oil changes and multi-point inspections, enable you to keep your car going and going. Oh…and drive gently…jackrabbit starts and screeching stops aren’t good for your car or your gas mileage!