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College? Look in the Driveway
LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 21 / As insurance rates rise,
how can parents tighten the belt more when they are budgeting for
costs such as tuition, books, and housing as their kids head off the
college? The Valvoline
Company recently partnered with the host of the nationally
syndicated The C.A.R. Show, Roger Kwapich, to educate consumers on
the money-saving benefits of keeping your current vehicle on the
road with preventive maintenance while avoiding the costly purchase
of a new car.
"Buying a new car is an expensive
purchase," says Kwapich. "I've
been recommending to my listeners for years that if they really want
to save money, they should avoid buying a new car and keep their
existing cars on the road with preventive maintenance."
Kwapich notes that, "Today's vehicles are
designed to last well beyond 200,000 miles. I have lots of callers
who think that high mileage equates to high repair dollars. However,
if they practice good maintenance, they can keep their cars running
great well past 200,000 miles."
Preventive maintenance can be as simple as changing
the oil every 3,000 miles and rotating your tires every other
change. What are your potentially highest repair costs?
Identifying these provides a good starting point on where
your maintenance needs should be focused. So, engine, transmission,
fuel system, etc. This
means regular oil changes, tire rotations, addition of fuel system
cleaner and tune-ups before you see signs of damage.
1. As the seasons change, so should your oil: Oil is the life blood of your engine, so change it
seasonally, with a suggested frequency of every 3000 miles.
should be inspected with each oil change: On average, brakes should
be replaced every 35,000 to 40,000 miles -- and for most cars, the
front brakes tend to wear faster than the back.
3. Belts, hoses and thermostat should be inspected
with each oil change. You can do a simple visual check of your belts
and hoses for signs of fraying or loose fittings or leaks any time
you fill your tank. Replacement of belts, hoses and thermostat is recommended
every four years or 50,000 miles.
Rotate your tires: Tires, non-directional tires excluded, should be
rotated every 6,000 to 10,000 miles or during every other oil
change. Doing this will increase the tires' life by as much as 25
5. Tune it up:
The 100,000 mile tune up is a terrible idea!
Long life spark plugs (100,000 plugs) should be replaced at
35,000 to 40,000 miles and certainly at
60,000 miles. The
fuel filter, fuel injectors and induction system should be
changed/cleaned every 2-3 years or 24,000 to 30,000 miles.
Following these tips will save you thousands of dollars
in repairs. Even if you
took your vehicle in and asked to have all five tips performed at
once it's still cheaper than the sales tax on a new, $18,000 car.