How Do You Take Care of an "Old" Car?
New cars have become quite expensive if you haven’t noticed by now. How expensive? One recent report indicated that the average cost of a new car in the U.S. has gotten awfully close to $50,000. That’ll put a dent into even the most well-heeled wallets.
Do you know what’s cheaper than a new car? Maintaining the one you already have. Today’s vehicles will routinely provide between 200,000 and 300,000 miles of reliable service if they’re well-maintained.
At Repair One, We Understand the Maintenance Needs of Older Cars
It would be best if you were a little more proactive about maintaining your vehicle than when it was brand new. That’s because specific components become more prone to failure due to age-related deterioration or plain old wear and tear. Checking and servicing those components before they fail goes a long way toward keeping your car on the road for as long as possible.
Three key services you should make sure to have for your older model vehicle include regular oil changes, cooling system services, and brake services.
Auto shops like ours will extoll the virtues of regular oil changes to every car owner we encounter. This is because oil changes are an inexpensive way to keep your engine in good working order.
Every time you change your vehicle’s oil (as well as oil filter), you’re removing scads of harmful contaminants from your engine. You’re also giving it a refill of critical lubricants, anticorrosion agents, detergents, and other beneficial additives.
Coolant and Cooling System Services
If there’s anything that will hasten a car’s demise, it’s extreme heat. Fortunately, your car’s cooling system does the heavy lifting and ensures your engine is operating at the right temperature.
The trouble is that cooling system components (like hoses, pumps, and radiators) don’t last forever. Neither does your coolant.
Regular coolant flushes and refills help those components last as long as possible. Also, when your car’s in for coolant service, our expert mechanics get the chance to spot and fix other problems before they get worse.
Brake Repair & Services
You already know your car’s brakes are very important. They’re not only your car’s most important safety system, though. They also affect a plethora of other vital systems in your vehicle.
For instance, several things can happen when your brake pads wear down to the point that you have to stomp on the brake pedal to stop. First, you’ll warp or otherwise damage your rotors. Second, you’ll put unnecessary strain on your suspension system. Third, you will dramatically shorten the lifespan of your tires.
You can avoid all these scenarios by coming in for regular brake services here at Repair One Auto in The Woodlands, TX.
Let Repair One Auto Help Your Old Cars Last for Long
If you want to avoid always buying a new car, let the experts here at Repair One help you do it. Our ASE-certified mechanics know just how to keep your car aging like a fine wine—instead of turning into the automotive equivalent of vinegar.
We’ll help you devise a simple but cost-effective maintenance routine that will work for you and your car. And we’ll let you know which other auto services are worth it for your older car.