Saving with 6abc: More miles from your car

September 2, 2013

Statistics show the average car is now 11 years old and that means more, often expensive, maintenance. Total costs for maintenance are up another 10% from last year.

Here are a few tips to keep the car running longer while keeping the upkeep tab down:

The experts at Edmunds.com recommend you check your tire pressure once a month and inflate if necessary. This improves gas mileage and extends the life of your tires.

  • Rotate your tires to wear them at the same rate and keep them longer.
  • Change your air filter every year or 12,000 miles to get more miles out of every tank and extend the life of your engine.
  • Keep up with routine oil changes
  • Don't ignore the check engine light. This can signal something tiny or something that can end up being too expensive to ignore.
  • If you do go to an auto repair shop, don't be afraid to get a second opinion.
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