Do you have a high mileage vehicle? This question gets asked a lot more these days. The median age for vehicles on the road is now over 11 years. Regardless of your reason for keeping your vehicle around, the good news is that it’s capable of going 150,000 to 200,000 miles or more with proper care.
Here are some tips for making your vehicle last:
- First, follow all your regularly scheduled maintenance routines. Things like oil changes, transmission and cooling system service are critical for avoiding expensive damage. This reduces your overall cost for keeping your vehicle for a long time.
- Next, regular inspections are critical. Look, those parts are starting to get old and will become worn out over the miles. Thorough inspections of various systems will uncover things that are nearing the end of their service life, like suspension, brake and steering components. Replacing worn parts early not only prevents breakdowns but relieves stress on related components so they will last longer as well.
- Another thing to consider is the use of special high mileage fluid formulations. For example, high mileage engine oil has special additives that condition those old seals and gaskets. It also has extra detergents to help keep that older engine clean inside. High mileage oil, transmission fluid, etc. cost a little more but can really head off some of the problems that are typical of older vehicles.
- One last thing would be to consult with your service advisor about the overall condition of your vehicle and your driving routines. It may be advisable to follow your manufacturer’s severe service schedule.
Even with the occasional unexpected repair associated with an older vehicle, you can still enjoy good, reliable transportation if you take good care of your ride.