A lot of people have older vehicles. They’re good commuters, grocery store runners, or toy-haulers. Their owners enjoy the fact that they’re paid off, or will be soon. They would gladly like to make their vehicles last for 200,000 miles or more…as long as it’s economical for them 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 do to make their vehicles last, so we can keep our own cars on the road longer.
A common denominator is that they never skip an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, the oil is the life blood of your engine and needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine. Enough said.
There’s another reason the scheduled oil change is so important. It’s simple – an Express Car Care technician 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 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. Your service adviser will also be able to remind you of other services that the factory recommends you get done.
Just think of an oil change in the same way you view a six month cleaning and checkup at the dentist – you shouldn’t skip it.
Of course, good maintenance costs money, but it’s far cheaper than new car payments.
Give us a call and schedule your next oil change today, or just bring it in – you don’t need an appointment.