How to Get Your Vehicle to 200,000 Mile Mark

June 11th, 2014 by

Berlin City Honda Maine Blog

How to Get Your Vehicle to 200,000 Mile Mark

The average lifespan of cars is increasing each and every year because they are being built better than ever before, and with so many advances in technology to avoid collisions, get you to your destination more quickly and conserve fuel, it’s no wonder that many vehicles on the road today are hitting the 200,000 mile mark. If you love your vehicle and would really like to have it for many more years to come, there are ways to increase its longevity and reach that exciting 200,000-odometer reading.

One way to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently for several years is it to have it serviced by only the best automotive technicians, and that’s what you get at Berlin City Honda, serving Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Foreside, Yarmouth, Windham, Freeport and surrounding areas of New England.

Here are the top recommendations for increasing your car’s lifespan:

Regular maintenance: A car that is not regularly serviced may not even make it to the 100,000-mile mark let alone the 200,000. Take your car in for service according to your owner’s manual recommendations (or a trusted professional like the ones at Berlin City Honda, serving the communities of Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Foreside, Yarmouth, Windham, Freeport and surrounding areas.

Pay attention to the sounds your car makes: Your car will likely tell you when there’s a problem. If you hear something while you’re driving or idling, then bring your vehicle in for a check up. Finding problems early will definitely spare you from more costly repairs down the road.

Avoid numerous short trips: Try to consolidate errands into one long trip. On a longer trip, your car’s engine gets hot, and the water and unburned fuel are boiled out of the oil, your engine and your exhaust; however, on a short trip, none of that happens allowing the water and oil to turn into sludge that could eat away at your motor.

Use synthetic oil: Even though it’s more expensive, it’s much better than petroleum-based oil according to the experts. If your engine is turbocharged or supercharged, synthetic oil is better equipped to handle the higher thermal stress.

Keep your car clean inside and out: Salt in winter and other environmental materials year round can damage the exterior of your car when not washed off on a regular basis. By keeping your car clean, you will put off damage to the undercarriage and exterior such as corrosion and faded paint. Vacuuming sand and dirt out of carpets and seats can minimize premature wear that may lead to tears and holes in the interior of your car.

These tips to get your car to the 200,000-mile mark are not costly and take very little effort. Berlin City Honda, serving Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth, Gorham, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Foreside, Yarmouth, Windham, Freeport and surrounding areas has an excellent service department with team members ready to serve you and help keep your vehicle in tip-top condition for as long as possible.

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