Stretching Your Dollar... 4 ways to reach 200K miles

By Maureen O'Boyle - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you would like to see your car or truck run until the odometer hits the 200,000 mile mark, there are four simple things you can do to try to reach that goal.

Jeff York from Mecklenburg Fleet and Automotive says the most important thing you can do for your car is, "Change the oil."

Most garages will charge anywhere from $20 to $30 for an oil change.

York says it's only a small amount when you consider the expense to repair a car that hasn't had regular oil changes.

York says if someone comes in and says their transmission is slipping, they may have waited too long.

Every 30,000 miles, you should have the transmission serviced.  It adds years to the life of your car.  It is more expensive than an oil change, but a lot cheaper than replacing the transmission.

Your tires take a lot of wear and tear, especially if you live in a city with a pothole problem.  Experts advise that you keep your tires properly inflated and aligned.

"Keep the value of your tires," York says.

By keeping them balanced and properly inflated, you are almost guaranteeing they will last as long as they are supposed to last.

Finally, your filters need to be changed.  The fuel filter keeps the dirt out of your engine.  Your owner's manual is really key to find out when your vehicle should be taken in for service.

York recommends that owners keep good records because it will save you money in the long run.

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