When you buy a new car, you obviously want to know how long the car is going to be fine before it gets major problems. After all, it is an expensive buy, more so if you are buying a brand-new model. Along with the usual maintenance and minor repairs, the car longevity is a major deciding factor for choosing a car. It is also an important point to consider if buying a used car. You can look at the miles done by the car and decide whether buying the car would be a good deal, and also how much further you think the car would go before breaking down or becoming too expensive to maintain. So how many miles can a car last before you need to upgrade to a new one?

The answer to this question is far from straightforward. A lot of factors are at play for it to be a simple calculation. According to the New York Times, a car would last for 100,000 miles in the 1960s and 1970s. But due to technological advancement and improvement in manufacturing processes, cars made in the 2000s typically last for as long as 200,000 miles! That is roughly ten years. However, these are only indicative figures and the actual number of miles a car can last depends on many factors such as:

  • Make of the car
  • Maintenance and servicing of the car
  • Climate of the place where the car usually runs
  • Accidents and damages to vital parts of the car

Good news! You can make your car last longer!!

This is especially good for people who want to own the same car for a longer time and don’t want to upgrade quickly. People who use the same car for years and claim that it is still as good as new, care for it like it were their baby. Below are a few things to follow to influence the car longevity.

Buy a reliable model

Buy a car with good reviews and a reliable performance history. There are many companies who prepare comprehensive reports on the performance of various automobile models. Choose one which has lower maintenance costs and one which does not require expensive part replacements early on. The second factor to help you choose would be to buy a model which you would really want to own long-term. Choose something that suits your needs and the one which you really like.

Look closely at the features

Check for safety features. Cars that come with parking sensors, blind-spot warning feature, etc. are less prone to accidents. This means lesser chance of accidental damage to spare parts. Thoroughly research the model you have in mind and see how it has fared in insurance industry safety checks.

Follow the servicing schedule

Strictly follow the maintenance schedule and ensure that all parts are serviced well and are working satisfactorily. Get any minor damages repaired immediately. If your car goes through a lot of city drive, extreme temperatures, and multiple drivers, you might want to speak with the authorized service center people to see if you need more service appointments than what the manual suggests.

Use only genuine spare parts

Don’t try to save money by using cheap spare parts when the original need replacement. Go for authorized, genuine parts. Also, ensure that only the right kind of oil and transmission fluid is used. Stick to what the authorized service center prescribes for the particular make of the car. It’s not just bad for your car, it could also deem the warranty on major parts null and void.

Use the correct fuel

If the manual recommends using premium fuel, go for it. The engine’s performance depends on the kind of fuel being used and if the engine is designed for optimum efficiency with premium gasoline, you should by all means use what is best.

Regular cleaning

Wash and clean your car regularly – both from the outside as well as inside. Consider a wax coating to prevent peeling of paint or rust. Vacuum the seats and carpets to keep them dust free. This ensures everything remains in order. It might also bring to your notice any wear and tear that you otherwise might have missed. Fix any wear and tear as soon as possible.

In spite of doing everything in your control, the mechanical parts of the car are going to wear off sooner or later (we hope it’s later!). So once major parts of the car break down and it becomes quite expensive to repair or replace some of its vital parts, it is time to move on and consider a new car. But until that happens, you can always treat the one you have with a little love and care!

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