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Making Your Car Last Beyond 200K Miles

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April 24, 2022
Edward Smith

How to Make Your Vehicle Go 200K Miles and Beyond

One of the best ways to save money is to hold on to your car for as long as possible, especially if it is paid off. Taking care of your vehicle instead of buying a new one every couple of years is a smart financial move. You can save a lot of cash by pushing your vehicle to 200K miles. However, your car will not make it to the end goal on its own. It will need some extra loving care from you. Below are certain things you can do to ensure your vehicle gets to 200,000 miles or beyond.

The Journey to 200K Miles

The first thing you should do is buy a vehicle with a reliable track record. According to Consumer Reports, the following automakers are the most reliable brands and are most likely to reach the 200,000-mile-mark:

  • Buick
  • Infiniti
  • Mazda
  • Lexus
  • Toyota

Follow Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Plan

Every vehicle comes with a maintenance plan, and you can find these recommendations in your car owner’s manual. Although it may be tempting to skip routine maintenance, taking care of your vehicle’s basic needs can help uncover minor problems before they become bigger and more expensive ones. Since everything is interconnected, if one part fails, it can cause strain on other parts, causing your vehicle to fail altogether. If you take care of your vehicle’s issues early, you will likely extend your car’s life and save more money in the long run.

Oil and Transmission Fluid Changes

It is essential to change your oil and transmission fluid often. Depending on the model of your vehicle, it is recommended to do it every 3,000 miles to 10,000 miles. Use the type of oil listed in your vehicle’s manual.


Properly inflated tires are not only safer, but they can also save gas. Check the sticker inside your driver-side door for the proper pressure. Replace your tires when they are over 10 years old or if the tread is thin. Depending on your vehicle, tire model, and driving habits, replacing your tires between 30,000 miles and 80,000 miles is recommended. It is also essential to have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles to 8,000 miles to prevent uneven wear.

Brakes Pads 

Driving smoothly can extend brake life and save gas. Frequent stop-and-go and repeated hard braking can wear out your brakes faster. It is recommended to replace your brake pads between 25,000 miles and 70,000 miles. Consider spending more on high-quality brake parts because the inexpensive ones can wear out quicker.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are not an issue until the 100,000-mile mark in most vehicles. Get the plugs recommended in your manual because the wrong type can harm fuel economy and cause engine damage. It is recommended to replace spark plugs every 100,000 miles.

Timing Belt

Not all vehicles have timing belts. However, follow manufacturer recommendations on a replacement if your car has one. Not changing the timing belt can cause significant engine damage if the belt breaks. It is recommended to replace it every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. It is also good to change the belt tensioners, pulleys, and water pumps at the same time to save on future costs.

Shocks and Struts

Like tires and brakes, the lifespan of shocks and struts will depend on your driving habits and road conditions. Shock absorbers and struts keep the car steady. These suspension parts can last about 80,000 miles or more, but aggressive driving and bumpy roads can wear them out faster. Spend more on high-quality parts because they will last longer than the cheaper ones, and be sure the parts meet manufacturer specifications.


The life span of most batteries is from three to five years. However, hot temperatures and letting your car sit for long periods of time can shorten the battery’s life. Make sure to check the battery often. If it looks like it is leaking or if there is corrosion, it is time to replace it.

Find a Mechanic You Can Trust

You will need the help of a good doctor if you want to live to be 100. It is the same for your vehicle. Find a good mechanic who can provide your vehicle’s care without ripping you off.

Watch YouTube Video: How to Make Your Car Last a Long Time. The video below explains the best way to keep your car in great shape.

The End of the Road

No matter how well you take care of your vehicle, you will need to replace it someday. It could be time to buy another car if the following happened:

  • Repair on your vehicle costs more to fix than it is worth.
  • Your vehicle is unreliable even with constant maintenance.
  • Rust compromises the structural integrity.
  • Your vehicle has been in a serious car accident.

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