High Mileage without the High Cost
It’s truly remarkable how car manufacturers are extending the longevity of today’s vehicles. In the 1950’s and 60’s, if you had 50,000 miles on your vehicle, you’d consider it a junker! Even in 2014, we still have the mentality that once we hit that 100,000 mile marker, we might as well trade it in for a newer model.
But I have some good news – their just breaking in at 100,000 miles!
It may seem like a scary number, but I’m here to tell you, that most newer vehicles on the road can easily go beyond quarter of a million miles if it’s well taken care of. That’s right! We have quite a few customers that have more than that, and they’re vehicles are running strong! According to the Bureau of Transportation, we are keeping vehicles twice as long. In 1969, the average household would own the same vehicle for 5.1 years. Last year, the average was 9.4 years! We are realizing that paying for our vehicle’s maintenance and repairs, is a whole heck of a lot cheaper than a car payment.
Graph shows percentage of car owners and how long they keep their vehicle
Let’s think about it…you bring in your mid 2000’s vehicle, and after a thorough inspection done by one our technicians, we find that you are due for a 120k mile service, your battery has failed, and we have to repair an oil leak. The total for all would be roughly $1700. Ok, not quite pocket change. Your first reaction would be – “Does it all need to be donenow? Can we do the maintenance later? Maybe I should just get a new car!” Hey now, let’s not get hasty. Look at the bigger picture. Over a year’s time, that $1700 bill – to keep your vehicle in tip-top condition – would come to only $140 bucks a month. Per day, that’s about as much as I spend on Starbucks!
So, when you look at it, if you invest in your vehicle for which you already know and love – it would cost dramatically less than having a $400-$700 monthly car payment. (Believe me! My $400 monthly payment makes me cringe!!) It’s also a better alternative than buying a used car. Buying all those unknowns including the history, and possible unexpected breakdowns in the future? No thanks!
I know I sound like a broken record when I say maintenance, maintenance, maintenance, but that’s the only way you’ll truly get the best out of your investment, and reach that 200,000-300,000 milestone. And I promise you, when you do, you’ll thank me.
Because Precision Automotive just saved you a bundle.