Making Your Car Last Longer

I’ve talked about preventing car theft and preventing car damage, but what about making your car last longer? The fact is that you can extend your vehicle’s serviceable life by many years through basic routine maintenance.

In 2016, the average age of an automobile on the road was 11+ years old! Surprising right? Actually ten years of serviceable life is not all that crazy. You can do better than 15+ years with proper maintenance.

Preventative Care is Key

Cars today are far more reliable than those built a decade ago, but quality only goes so far. You have to maintain the machine and give it some tender loving care. Going beyond standard oil, air and fuel filter changes, makes a huge difference towards preventing engine wear and increasing reliability.

The best way to prolong the life of a car is through regular, preventive and predictive maintenance of your vehicle’s engine and other critical systems. Most of the recommended maintenance procedures are simple and affordable so you have no excuse.

Preventative maintenance services are highly competitive these day so prices haven’t really risen in this aspect of the car industry. Further, even though advanced diagnostic equipment is required to diagnose modern car problems, do-it-yourself car owners can still do basic maintenance themselves.

Some Vehicle Care Tips

The obvious upkeep is a schedule of regular oil changes and filter changes, including the oil filter, fuel filter and air filter. Most new cars have the ability to travel extended miles between oil changes, as compared to just a few years ago.

My new SUV, for example, has a recommended 15,000 mile oil change interval. This is a minimum requirement to meet the warranty requirements, but most mechanics will tell you more often is better. I have set a schedule of every 6 months or 8,000 miles for my vehicles, whichever comes first.

Be sure to also keep your transmission regularly serviced. Regular maintenance will prevent transmission failure down the road.

Yes, you actually save money by spending money in this regard. Remember that transmission repair jobs often cost thousands of dollars and even worse headaches.

Also make sure that your transmission fluid is replaced regularly. For more transmission care tips visit

Motor & Oil Information

Don’t forget cleaning the inside of the engine as well. Many car experts recommend cleaning the inside of your engine every 25,000 to 30,000 miles with a motor flush. While you can’t see it, varnishes and sludge accumulate inside your car’s engine.

Changing your oil unfortunately does little to remove this harmful contamination. A motor flush product will break down internal contamination build-up, so it can be flushed away when the oil is drained. Don’t overlook this car tip!

Have a Healthy Engine

It’s important to keep what’s under the hood clean, and not just for appearance’s sake. Make no mistake, dirt and grease build-up can be harmful to your car’s engine. Too much grease and grime can contaminate an engine, binding linkages, clogging vital passages and inhibiting heat transfer. A clean engine is a sign of a healthy engine.

Be sure to check out a complete list of Car Care Tips here!