High Mileage Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance

FIXING YOUR PRESENT VEHICLE SAVES MONEY

Most of us want to get the most for our motoring dollar. One of the best ways to do this is extending the life of your current vehicle. With new car prices in the United States averaging well over $ 10,000, money invested in keeping your existing vehicle in good shape could save you hundreds–even thousands–of dollars a year. When you consider the true cost of buying a new car (price of the car, sales tax, license, and registration fees, insurance), it is not difficult to justify investing a few hundred dollars to repair your present vehicle.

SAFETY AND SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

The safety aspect of properly maintaining your vehicle, especially when it has high mileage, should not be overlooked. Failing brakes, exhaust leaks and other problems can be prevented by following sound car care practices.

Unfortunately, most manufacturers only provide maintenance guidelines for the first 100,000 miles or so. Clear procedures for maintenance beyond this mileage do not exist. At best, manufacturers provide interval service schedules, such as every 15,000 miles. These schedules should be followed whenever possible. By doing so, you can reasonably expect thousands more satisfactory miles from your vehicle.

HIGH MILEAGE INSPECTION AND EVALUATION

If your vehicle has passed the 100,000 mile mark and you want to significantly prolong its useful life, it is time to have it thoroughly evaluated by a professional automotive technician who can recommend needed repairs or service. This facility is equipped to perform this service. We employ technicians who use factory-level information detailing your vehicle’s service requirements.

Our high mileage inspection and evaluation goes beyond cursory “once-overs” and is designed to get to the root of potential problems. Ask your service advisor or technician to show you exactly what is involved in this service. He or she will be happy to go over the evaluation form with you before you okay the inspection and provide you with a comprehensive estimate for any work recommended as a result of your vehicle’s checkup. They will tell you about repairs that are necessary today, and also alert you to items that are potential problem areas you may want to address today for more trouble-free miles tomorrow. Naturally, you make the decision as to what work is actually performed.

Working together, we can add years to the life of your car or truck.

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2 comments

Rachel said:

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December 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Good to know about maintaining an old car. I bought my Honda Civic CX Htchbk in 1993 with just that in mind. I’m not in MD, unfortunately! I’m in Seattle, WA. Can you provide a starting list of things to ask for when requesting a once over -I’ve requested a comprehensive inspection and they only give it the usual cursory look over. I’d like to at least be able to ask for specific things. My car has 217,000 miles 🙂

Marcy said:

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May 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

That is true. It is but one of the many available tools to help you choose.

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