Hitting 100,000 miles on the odometer for most people means it is time to start car shopping.
But for others it is a personal challenge to go the extra mile, save a little cash and take their cars another 100,000 miles.
Racking up miles can evoke pride in some, but it is more than just bragging rights. Many people are driving cars tens and hundreds of thousands of miles further simply to keep their wallets a little fuller. For Dave Neil, a professional bus driver and a pastor in Minnesota, going the extra mile has meant saving money by collecting more than 200,000 miles on each of his family’s last four vehicles and driving his current car a whopping 430,400 miles.
“It takes patience and luck,” Neil said of hitting the high mileage. “It can be a difficult decision to pay for repairs on older vehicles, especially when those costs are comparable to the value of the car. But, repair costs are a small price to pay compared to monthly car payments.”
For those who plan on taking a car past 150,000 miles, routine maintenance starting early in a car’s life can help mitigate hefty repair costs further down the line. Inevitably though, drivers of high-mileage vehicles will sooner or later face repair costs that challenge their willpower.
“We’re seeing professional trucking companies, small business owners and everyday drivers looking to keep their vehicles running longer,” said Andrew Hamilton, director of lubricants for CHS, which manufactures and markets Cenex fuels, lubricants and propane through a network of over 1,400 Cenex brand retailers in 19 states. “Regardless of the size or type of vehicle, it’s almost always more affordable in the long run to make repairs rather than to replace a vehicle. And in today’s economy, more and more people are doing just that.”
Using a good motor oil and changing it frequently and consistently throughout a car’s life is essential for getting the most miles from it. High-mileage oil is available with added protection for older cars, but it does not necessarily benefit newer cars. Hamilton recommends a high-performing synthetic oil, such as Cenex Maxtron, which can help take a vehicle that extra mile and improve fuel economy no matter how many miles it has.
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