Older Cars Are Great Too! How To Keep Them That Way

Older cars are great. Not collectable cars like the mid-60’s muscle cars such as the Camaros and Mustangs, but even 1998 Subarus and 2002 Ford Escapes. Not only are these vehicles still capable of getting you to and from work, getting the kids to school and even going across country, but they’re paid for and have a lower insurance cost than brand new vehicles do. For many people, and older vehicle is perfect for what they need.

Keeping them on the road is a key priority since new vehicles are incredibly expensive and even repairs on older cars and trucks aren’t cheap. Here are a few tips to keep that older vehicle on the road:

Keep the fluids changed on a regular basis. While your owner’s manual may have suggestions as to when fluids need changing, keep in mind an older vehicle with higher mileage has more needs. Change the oil every 3,000 miles. Change the transmission and differential fluid every 100,000 miles. Flush the antifreeze/coolant system once a year. Check all your fluid levels (including brake and power steering fluids) at least once a month in case leaks develop.

Keep it clean. A washed and waxed car is less susceptible to corrosive forces in rainwater, road grime and salt (in the winter). Also, have the undercarriage washed after winter to prevent corrosion as well.

Check lubricants in axles and bearings. When you have your oil changed, have the mechanic check your lubricants and have them regreased on a regular basis.

Keeping an older car healthy is much like keeping a new car well maintained. The better you maintain your car when new, the longer you can own it and that holds true for older vehicles as well. Since older vehicles have different values than new, checking with your insurance agent may save you a lot of money. If you live in the Colorado Springs or Monument areas, contact Warrior Insurance and Services Group to get a new quote on your auto insurance. You may be surprised at how much you’ll truly value your older vehicle when you do!


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