Maintenance Makes Your Car Last Longer

It’s abundantly clear that these days, any vehicle can operate smoothly for more than 10 to 12 years and cover hundreds of thousands of kilometres. It all depends on how well it’s maintained. Did you know the average vehicle in Canada is over 10 years old?

First, let’s take a look at fluids. Vehicles run on either gasoline or diesel, both of which are toxic, polluting, and highly combustible. The engine, transmission, power steering, and brakes all use very specific lubricants. A special antifreeze keeps the engine and related parts from overheating. Lastly, the air conditioning system requires yet another liquid to keep the cabin cool.

We often forget that for the last twenty years or so, vehicles have been operated by computers that are constantly analyzing vast amounts of data, including the tightness of the gas cap and tailpipe emissions.

Last but definitely not least, there’s the tires, brakes, shock absorbers, exhaust system, and a host of electrical controls. Basically, out of all the products available on the market, automobiles are by far the most complicated. But they are also extremely durable, versatile, and useful.

However, a minimum of maintenance is necessary to keep your car in great shape and help it last longer and to let you get on the road without being worried. After all, it’s a matter of safety. Your certified NAPA AUTOPRO technician is familiar with the maintenance schedule established by each automotive manufacturer. Plus, if you keep a record of repairs and maintenance, it’s easier for technicians to closely monitor parts warranties. According to Canadian statistics, the average annual spending per vehicle is about $1,000, which is much less than the monthly payments on a new vehicle, be it purchased or leased.