A car can be compared to a pal. If well taken care of, it can last a lifetime. In addition, improvements in technology have allowed the making of cars
with quality metallurgy. This has in part contributed to the high levels of efficiency in cars. However, their efficiency largely depends on their
maintenance. New cars hitting the market are giving reliable service that is seeing them go beyond 150,000 miles, if well maintained.
Usually this begins with buying the right car for the right purpose. Some cars from certain manufacturers are known to last longer, and require fewer repairs.
However, with all cars, there are some tips that could help keep it running even beyond the 150,000-mile mark.
The manufacture’s manual that comes with a new or used car will usually list the car parts and areas to focus on. Some manuals will alert the car owner
of parts that need replacing after the coverage of a certain mileage. For example, most cars will require the timing belt to be replaced after
covering 60 to 90,000 miles. If not replaced, the breakage of the belt can cause serious damage. Most car manufacturers have websites and forums that
are always updated by both the manufacturers and the car owners. These car portals are valuable sources of information that even the manufacturers
could have overlooked.
The second tip is to be always ready for a repair. A car is likely to breakdown a number of times during its lifetime and this could put a strain on
the budget if no planning has been done. In addition, a car that needs a repair will likely result in more damage if it is driven in its damaged state.
Prompt repairs ensure that other car parts are not exposed to more damage. Little annoyances can also add up and erode the efficiency of other moving parts.
The third tip is to be always on the watch for unfamiliar noises and smells. Usually, one develops an instinctive sharpness if anything goes amiss in
the everyday running of the car. Another way to do this is to ask a mechanic or a friend to drive the car every 2 or 3 months.
This is because a problem may have gradually developed without one being aware of it. One may also have missed something in the process of a check-up.
Fourthly, wash and clean the car regularly. Waxing and polishing a car will leave it not only shining and looking new, but also helps in dealing with
tear and wear caused by weather changes. Cleaning the underneath of a car also helps in keeping those parts protected and looking good.
Finally, drive the car gently. Speed driving will usually demand more from the engine and the wheel system. Although once-in-awhile foot acceleration
may not harm the car keeping these occasions short and rare is most recommended. There are many ways to keep a car running longer and some will depend
on the car model and make. However, the above five tips are applicable to all car models and makes.