Keeping your car through the “Cinderella Era” can mean more cash in your pocket.
“The smartest way to get a solid return on your vehicle investment is to keep your car through what the Car Care Council calls the ‘Cinderella Era.’ That’s the period of time after the payoff when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs. Yet with proper care, today’s typical vehicles should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable performance, and that’s no fairy tale.
By simply allocating the equivalent of just one new car payment, motorists can cover an entire year’s worth of basic maintenance and live happily ever after with their current vehicle. The most common maintenance procedures and repairs to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value involve checking the oil, filters and fluids, the belts and hoses, brakes, tires and air conditioning. The council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment.
Whether it’s an oil change, replacing brakes or new belts and hoses, periodic repair bills are a drop in the bucket compared to monthly payments on a new car. A properly maintained vehicle is safer, more dependable, more fuel efficient, less polluting and more valuable. Now there’s a wise financial tip!
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