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10 DIY Tips to Add Years to a Vehicle’s Life & Minimize Expensive Repairs

By on May 19, 2014

As consumers extend length of vehicle ownership (10+ years is new normal), offers (mostly) easy and affordable tips to help consumers make vehicles last as long as they should\

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Carson, CA – May 14, 2014–, one of the nation’s top online auto parts and accessories retailers, knows that consumers are more anxious than ever to keep their cars running strong for longer. Statistics show that more and more car owners plan to drive their vehicle “until it dies” and, in today’s economy, the longer that is, the better. And, with the average price of a new car coming in at over $30,000, maximizing this investment is a no brainer.

“Recent studies have shown that a huge amount of consumers plan to drive their vehicles for over 100,000 miles and are no longer looking to change models after 2 or 3 years,” said Shane Evangelist, CEO of “This makes it more prudent than ever that consumers safeguard their investment and ensure that it performs as well as it should over the course of its longer life-span.”

Most of the tips suggests are easy to moderate DIY jobs, with half costing nothing, or less than $80, and easy enough for almost any car owner to do. In addition to sticking to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, keeping these straightforward and affordable tips in mind can help extend the life of any vehicle.

DIY Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

Repair/Service/Driving Habit Shop Cost DIY Cost & Time Degree of Difficulty Results
  1. Avoid aggressive driving, such as jack rabbit starts, and hard braking
N/A $0 Very Easy Extends the life of the engine, transmission, suspension/tires, and brakes
  1. Avoid driving short distances and stop-and-go city traffic
N/A $0 Very Easy Extends the life of the engine, transmission, and brakes.
  1. Keep exterior paint clean with regular washing and waxing
$20 – $50 $5 – $10< 1 hour Very Easy Prevents rust and corrosion of metal parts by removing road salt, sludge and pollution.
  1. Keep interior clean and protect it by conditioning leather seats, adding seat covers and floor mats
$20 – $300 $5 – $10< 1 hour Very Easy Extends life of interior by preventing wear and tear
  1. Rotate and keep tires properly inflated
$0 – $60 $0< 1 hour Easy to moderate Proven to add thousands of miles to the life of your tires
  1. Change engine oil & filter at recommended service intervals (usually every 5,000 miles)
$30 – $80 $20 – $40< 1 hour Easy to moderate Proven to add years and tens of thousands of miles to the life of the engine. (Possibly the single most important service a car owner can perform.)
  1. Change engine coolant and replace thermostat
$80 – $200 $25 – $50< 2 hours Moderate Prevents overheating, extends life of engine and cooling system, improves performance
  1. Change transmission fluid & filter at recommended service intervals (usually between 30,000 – 60,000 miles)
$80 – $200 $40 – $70< 2 hours Moderate Extends life of transmission.
  1. Replace spark plugs, drive belts, and air filter (engine tune-up)
$100 – $400 $50 – $150< 3 hours Moderate Improves performance and mpg, extends the life of engine and exhaust components
  1. Replace timing belt and water pump (every 60,000-100,000 miles or every 10 years)
$400 – $800 $100 – $3003 – 5 hours Advanced Improves performance, prevents overheating and potential damage to internal engine components.

Always consult your vehicle service manual before attempting any repair.


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Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340,

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