A recent study offers this fact. The automobiles out on our roads today have an average age of 11.5 years. And no wonder. Try buying one. Today’s vehicles are costing upwards of $70,000. Pickups are $40,000 and small sedans near $30,000. In our terminology, that is a lot of “cha-ching”. Many people today have seven year loans and that was with their trade in the mix. Keeping cars on the road for a long time is a top priority of ours. Your wallet and purse depend on it.
Before the Recession of late 2008 and all of 2009, the average age of a vehicle was closer to seven years. Many people, especially those with mortgage payments, long commutes and kids, keep what they have for as long as they can. With a slowing global economy and tightening budgets, everyone is stretching the miles and trying to spend wisely as we head to 2016.
Vehicles with 100,000 miles can still have plenty of life. Maintenance is critical. Oil changes and tire rotations are critical. Pay attention to leaks, and note any new or strange noises.
At Premier One Automotive in Apex NC, our clients are number one! We offer five tips to keep things rolling:
- Open the hood once in a while: Check hoses and belts for cracks; make sure the radiator hoses are good. If they are soft, we can put them on for you. Look for seepage and leakage on the garage floor or driveway. No leak is good.
- Run the A/C and the heater: It is a good idea to run the air and heat at least once a month year round to keep everything working correctly; you will need both many months of the year.
- Pat attention to your mileage: Your ages by years and miles. Regardless of mileage, it needs regular and consistent maintenance.
- Test drive the vehicle COMPLETELY like you are at the dealer: Normally, you jump into the family vehicle and go. We always play news and music on the loud side. Drive it with no radio and no interruptions for at least three miles and at various speeds. Brake easy and break hard. Does anything rattle or shake? Does it make noise? It pays to pay attention.
- Document services and fuel: Get a cheap notebook and keep it in the car. When you get gas, note date, money, and miles. Do the same for all services and maintenance; oil changes, wiper changes and tires. This documentation will be worth a lot when you go to sell the vehicle and show the potential new owner that you kept every record.
At Premier 1 Automotive in Apex, we are the Triangle’s full automotive service center in the Peak City that can take care of everything from BMW to Ford to Chevy to Hot Rod. We are locally and independently owned, ASE-Certified and we specialize in European and Asian import vehicles. Our highly trained technicians have advanced level certifications in automotive repair and are experts in diagnostics and the servicing of your BMW, Volvo, Audi, Volkswagen, Saab, Land Rover, Jaguar, or Mini Cooper.
Please come and see us for all your normal maintenance and we welcome the times of emergency when you really need us as well. But with a little “auto-love” on your part, you and your ride can get old together!
This is yet another informational “Tips from the Hood!” article for our great customers and potential customers in Apex, Cary Holly Springs and beyond!
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1050 Investment Blvd Apex, NC 27502
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