Drivers want cars with long life spans, but all too often it doesn’t work out that way.
A vehicle is an important investment, and you want it to pay off in the form of a functional vehicle that lasts for years, whether you buy new or used. You also want to make sure your car retains some value so you can get money back once it’s time to upgrade, whether you trade it in or junk it for cash.
What Is the Average Car’s Life Span?
Studies have shown that cars on the road today have average age of 11 years. The average driver clocks about 15,000 miles per year. That means the average mileage over the life of the car weighs in at about 165,000 miles.
It is feasible to think your car could exceed 165,000 miles. After all, that’s the average, not the highest number. But your car will only exceed these averages if you take care of it properly, making sure regular maintenance performed and having repairs done in a timely manner.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Have You Kept Up with Regular Maintenance?
If you have to think hard to remember the last time you took your vehicle in for a scheduled oil change, you could be singlehandedly shortening your car’s life span. Vehicles must be cared for on a regular basis, and that includes fluid changes every 3,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on the make, model and year.
Once your car clocks over 100,000 on the odometer, it might be time to change from standard oil to high-mileage, synthetic options for better engine lubrication. When changing transmission fluid and flushing your coolant system, sticking to the schedule suggested in the owner’s manual is advisable, but conducting the maintenance earlier is even better.
Have You Used Quality Replacement Parts?
You can buy used auto parts and find discounts on oil and fluids, but make sure the replacements you choose are of the highest possible quality. Cutting corners when it comes to car parts and components is not recommended.
A cheap, no-name engine belt will not be good for your car — it may only be cause for another repair, perhaps more serious the second time around.
Has Cleanliness Been a Priority?
Don’t just vacuum out the crumbs from the back seat — clean everything, including your car’s undercarriage. Protect the paint with a coat of wax. Rust is a sure threat to your car’s life span and can damage functioning parts as well as the whole drivetrain if left unchecked.
Maximize Your Car’s Value
When you take good care of your vehicle, you’re not only extending your car’s life span, you’re also hoping for a return on your investment. And you’ll get one, even if you keep it until it doesn’t run. You can still get cash for parts from a wrecking yard, especially if you can provide the maintenance and repair slips to show you took care of your car faithfully.
When your car reaches the end of its life span, give us a call at Western Auto Wrecking to find out more about how to get money for your car’s parts.