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3 Tips and Tricks for Helping Older Vehicles Last Longer

Updated on December 24, 2017

Instead of paying for a new vehicle, buyers who are on a budget will get better deals from purchasing used vehicles. Once a new vehicle is driven off of the lot, it loses a lot of its value. With that said, used vehicles don’t depreciate as much in value. Buyers can get a used vehicle that is in great condition at bargain prices.

When driving used and older vehicles, there are some tips and tricks that can help make the vehicles last longer. Here are three of them.

Pay Attention to Dashboard Warnings

It’s easy for many car owners to ignore dashboard warnings, especially if they feel that their vehicle is still driving smoothly. As tempting as it may be to turn a blind eye whenever flashing lights appear on the dashboard, it’s better not to do it.

It’s much better to bring a used vehicle for an inspection as soon as possible. Car owners who are able to detect problems early on will be able to get away with relatively cheap and minor repairs. Those who wait will only see the situation worsen with time. Over time, seemingly minor issues can become large ones that require extensive repairs.

Get High Mileage Oil Changes

Vehicles that have racked up more than 75,000 miles require high mileage oil changes. This special type of oil is specifically formulated to deal with problems that are usually only present on older vehicles. High mileage oil change are able to reduce smoke and emissions, minimize leaks and also reduce overall oil consumption in older vehicles.

High mileage oil usually has extra antioxidants and detergents added in them, which is why they tend to be pricier. They also may have wear or friction additives that will help older engines run much more smoothly.

Pay More Attention and Care to the Tires

While all car owners should pay attention to their tires, those who are driving older makes and models should make tire car a priority. This doesn’t involve only purchasing new sets of tires whenever the old ones start to show some wear. Tire care involves regular tire alignments and rotations and tire pressure checks.

Tire care will not only improve the fuel efficiency of an older make and model, but it will also improve the overall handling of the vehicle. It makes the vehicle much safer to drive.

Those who are interested in purchasing a used vehicle will generally be able to get a much better deal. There are some caveats involved with driving older makes and models. Those who are interested in driving older makes and models will need to put more effort into maintaining the vehicle to prolong its expected lifespan.


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