When The Odometer Reads… 100,000 Miles

Back in the day it pretty much meant you needed to go shopping for a brand new car when the odometer turned over to 100,000 miles.  The components would be completely worn out and the body would more than likely be the worse for wear too. Today’s cars are designed to keep going and going…as long as you take good care of them!  
Cars aren’t all that much different than us humans!  If you eat right, exercise, take supplements, have regular checks up and get plenty of fluids…they tell us we will be around a lot longer and should lead a long and healthy life.
Your car is the same way.  It needs to be given the right fluids on a regular basis (and exchanged periodically), it’s charging and cooling systems checked and the brakes and exhaust system kept in good working order.  
Today’s cars do go longer between service visits than the previous 3,000 miles that we all adhered to, but you still need to visit your automotive repair shop at least three times a year.  There is a seldom read book in your glove box…take it out and look at it.  Notice that it has recommendations for certain items to be taken care of each time you fill up with gas?  Other items are to be checked monthly?  I can tell you from looking at my customer’s cars that these items do not get checked between visits to my shop!  That is why those that put off service for 1,000 miles or longer are pushing the envelope!  
Newer vehicles have a friendly built in alert system that tells you when services are due to be taken care of.  This is good because ignoring your car is not as easy as ignoring your owner’s manual or your mailed or emailed service reminder!
When your vehicle celebrates 100,000 miles treat it to some major preventive maintenance.  It would be like giving a friend a day at the spa for rejuvenation.  Look at it as a birthday gift for your car.  Even though they are built to go many miles these days…reaching 100,000 miles is still a major milestone and should be treated as such.  Then…wish it 100,000 more miles!

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