• Wayne Drury

Will Your Car Make 300,000 Kilometres?

What a beautiful way for an old car to be put to pasture

People are always wondering how long a used vehicle may last. At Discount Motor City, one of the premier used car dealerships, Surrey, BC, we get this question all the time.

Our quick response is, “look after your vehicle and it will look after you.” Some may think that flippant, but there are basic things a vehicle owner can do to make sure their car lasts 300,000 Kms., or more.

A short While Ago

It was not long ago when thinking about having a car last for 300,000 kms, was like thinking it possible to drive to the moon. But improvements in power train technology, rust prevention, lubricants, and more, have led to gains in reliability and durability. Now, almost any car can make it well into the 250,000 plus territory with a little care.

What are the Stats?

In 1995, the average age for a car on the road in the US was 8.4 years. Today, the average car on the road is more than 11 years old.

Some may think that is not significant, but studies have shown keeping a vehicle in tip-top shape, and operating it to 300,000 kms or more, could save the owner upwards of $30,000.

How do you keep your car longer and the savings? At Discount Motor City the premier of used car dealerships, Surrey, BC, we are happy to provide you with these tips:

1. Buy a Safe, Reliable Model

At Discount Motor City, used car dealership, Surrey, BC, we only offer used cars for sale that we are comfortable selling and have gone through a thorough an independent vehicle inspection. We know that owning a vehicle will be a long-term relationship and we want to do everything we can to ensure you have a safe and reliable car right from the beginning.

2. Follow a Regular Maintenance Schedule

Following a regular maintenance schedule is pretty straight forward. Your vehicle manual spells out what you should have checked, and when, so problems can be discovered before they become big problems. And, that little light on the dash that looks like an engine, if it comes on, get it checked.

If you want to have an idea of what may be the problem before you head to a mechanic, at Discount Motor City, the premier of used car dealerships, Surrey, BC we would be more than happy to check it out. A quick scan and a suggestion where to go to get your car serviced is always free at Discount Motor City. Come and see us if we can help.

3. Don't Skimp on Parts

At Discount Motor City, we are always looking for ways to help our customers save money with their cars. But, we do not recommend skimping on parts or buying cheap oil and other fluids. Always buy parts and fluids that meet the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.

4. Know What to Watch For

Even if you adhere to the schedule, remember that problems can arise unexpectedly.

It is a good idea to get in the habit of opening the hood to look, listen, and smell for anything unusual. Fraying and cracks in belts are sure signs of trouble, along with cracks and bulges in hoses. Look for evidence of leaks, and check the level and condition of coolant and brake and power-steering fluids. Anything that may seem amiss could be the first signs of trouble coming, and catching problems early can save you money, as well as, improve your vehicle’s long-term reliability.

5. Keep Your Vehicle Clean

Cleaning inside and out will keep your car looking fresh, and the routine will also make it a more pleasant place to be as the miles roll up. At Discount Motor City, we will shortly be opening a detail shop. Our pricing will be excellent and like our used car dealership, customer service will be superb.

The End of the Road

No matter how well you choose and care for a car, someday it will be time to move on because it’s costing too much or is no longer safe. Here are signs that it’s probably time to find another vehicle:

· It needs a big repair that will cost more to fix than the car is worth.

· Rust is compromising the structural integrity.

· It remains unreliable even with frequent repairs.

· It has been in a flood or a serious accident.

What to Do?

If you have any questions about your vehicle, feel free to stop in and see us at Discount Motor City, one of the premier used car dealerships, Surrey. We are always happy to provide advice, and if you are in the market for a quality used vehicle, we will do our best to help you out.

Come and visit us for the best customer service of anywhere

ake the best-informed decision. Why not come and see us today and experiences the best customer service you will find anywhere?

Best wishes from all of us at Discount Motor City, the best of used car dealerships, Surrey, BC.

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