What happens when your car reaches 100,000 miles?

Last Revised on September 18, 2010

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What happens to your car at 100,000 miles? What should be done?

It used to be a huge red flag when your car’s mileage hit six figures. But things have changed now due to improvements in automobile technology – design and maintenance. This means something very different now. Although there are still cars that are ready for a trade-in as soon as they hit this mileage threshold, but many new cars can run for the twice the mileage these days. And they don’t even require much, if any, repair either.

So how can you tell which car will pass the 100,000 miles barriers while another will hit the junkyard pretty soon? It turns out that there isn’t any single factor to point onto; in fact the lifetime of your will depend on several factors:

1. Follow the maintenance schedule as recommended by the car’s manufacturer. No mechanics or car expert can tell you anything more about your new car than the manual that you haven’t opened since the day one. This manual is still in your glove box, but now it is probably time to open it up and read the automobile manufacturer recommends about the car’s maintenance schedule – then follow it. Besides changing oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles driven (whichever is sooner), it would usually state a major preventative maintenance before it reaches six figure mileage.
2. Just like humans need fuel and liquids to survive and function properly, our cars need the same. Healthier we eat, longer we live; similarly, the right fluids and fuel the car gets longer and more efficient it will run. Gas, oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolent fluid, etc are very crucial and usually the automobile service checks them during regular oil change. The only problem here is that they might put the wrong fluid in a car container where it doesn’t belong; and the car owner usually doesn’t even find out about it. So what can you do to tackle this? Best bet is to find a trustworthy automobile service that your friends or family sees. For lube, try using full synthetics even though it may be bit more expensive than others but it is worth every money since it keeps the car running smooth without problems.

3. This one you can’t blame on others – your driving style. Some people like to drive very fast and hit the foot peddle as soon as the light turns green. They often push brakes really hard. These aren’t good for cars; it is well known fact that car driven on the freeway or high way tend to run better without issues than the one used on city streets since there are lots of stop lights.

4. During the winter, your car can become corrosive due to ice and snow build up under the car, which may contain corrosive chemicals.

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2 Responses to “What happens when your car reaches 100,000 miles?”

  1. Ain't No Auto Mechanic Says:
    September 18th, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I ain’t no car expert but I can tell you some type cars are simply build for long lasting. These types of car can go over 100,000 miles very easily and still save you gas. You know why? That’s because they are Japanese technology – Toyota and Honda are two good examples. Ask car dealer in your family, and they will tell you to buy these with your eyes close. This is no joke, no bs here.

  2. Car insurance dealer Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Well What do you do when your car reaches hundreds of thousands of miles? You sell it or get a AAA insurance so when it breaks down in the middle of nowhere in the road, you call them to get your car towed.

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