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How to Help Your Car Last 100,000 Miles and Beyond

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Are you interested in saving tens of thousands of dollars? Better yet, how happy would you be to learn that you already possess the tools to accomplish this goal? Today is your lucky day.
With the average cost of a new vehicle around $36,000, extending the life of your current vehicle to 100,000 miles or more can help you put off a new car purchase and keep more of your hard-earned money in your wallet. Learn how you can help your car last for 100,000 miles and beyond.
Invest in Quality Parts
Have you ever heard the saying you get what you pay for? Few instances is this statement truer than when it comes to part replacement. If you put quantity over quality, you may end up with a part that doesn't just last for a short period but that also causes damage to your car, and that could ultimately shorten its lifespan.
Keep in mind that cost is not always indicative of quality. You can pay a lot of money for a low-quality part. The best way to avoid a cheap-part fiasco is to take your vehicle to a trusted mechanic for all your repair needs.
Have the Car Serviced, Beyond Repairs
To remain in good health, you understand the importance of visiting the doctor more often than when you're feeling ill. Keep this same philosophy in mind for your car and have the vehicle serviced, beyond when it's in need of a repair. In fact, regular preventive maintenance could help your car last for 250,000 miles or more.
Adhering to the cars' maintenance schedule can also help you maintain a good resale value, which means more money for your vehicle when you do decide to trade in or sell. Review your owners' manual to see what the service interval schedule is for your vehicle and go from there.
Don't Overlook Wheel Alignment
A wheel alignment is one of those car repairs that's easy to overlook, but it's necessary to increase mileage. Alignment concerns arise for several reasons, including general wear and from the force of a jarring impact, such as hitting a pothole. When the wheels are misaligned, it's harder to keep control of your vehicle, and your tires wear at a faster rate.
Both scenarios create a safety hazard that can increase your risk of being in an accident and could ultimately result in you totaling your vehicle, which isn't the goal. Have the wheels aligned whenever you feel your car veering to one side, but have the alignment checked each year as a precaution.
Invest in a Fuel Injector Cleaner
The fuel injector plays an essential role in the overall function of the engine. In short, these units are responsible for injecting fuel into the engine. Over time, the fuel burned by the engine may leave small deposits on the injector nozzle head, which impacts its ability to function efficiently.
If the deposits are excessive, the fuel mileage will reduce, and the overall engine performance may decline. Fuel injector cleaners are designed to remove this buildup and keep the injector nozzles free and clear.
There is no set mileage at which this service needs to be performed, but if you're taking your car in for regular maintenance, your service technician should be able to alert you about a problem.
The more proactive you are in protecting your vehicle, the more miles you can travel and the longer you can wait to get a new vehicle. From muffler concerns to alignments to brake service, at Dualtone Muffler Brake & Alignment, we are here to help you keep your vehicle on the road.