With the right care, vehicles on the road today can last up to 200,000 miles or more! Reaching that mileage might seem like an achievable goal for a lucky few. However, there's more than just luck involved in getting your vehicle to last a long time. Keeping up with routine maintenance and fixing any problems that come up along the way is also critical to your car's optimal health, performance, and longevity. Some cars might need more attention and maintenance than others, especially when they reach an older age or accumulate more miles. But starting with a preventative maintenance plan early on in your vehicle's life can help ward off problems that might creep up later on.

Maintain Your Vehicle as Scheduled

Many problems with your car can be prevented through routine maintenance. While you might think it's a hassle to schedule appointments for seemingly minor items like an oil change, tire rotation, or battery inspection, keeping up with your vehicle's recommended routine maintenance goes a long way in preventing larger (and avoidable) problems down the road.

One of the best places to start with routine maintenance is oil change. Most vehicles can go for 5,000 to 7,000 miles in between oil changes. Some cars, however, require more frequent oil changes starting at 3,000 miles. If your vehicle is older, it may need to have the oil changed more frequently. Sometimes, a mechanic may switch to a different type of oil over your car's lifetime to keep it performing at its best, such as a high-mileage or high-performance oil. The filters may also periodically need to be replaced and changed to keep your car running smoothly.

Use Quality Replacement Parts

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Eventually, your car will probably need to have some components replaced due to a sudden event like an accident or regular wear and tear that happens with age. When your vehicle needs repairs, it may be tempting to select the least expensive parts you can find for a replacement. While you might save money initially, you may also end up with lower-quality parts that do not last as long and aren't a good fit for your vehicle. Furthermore, parts that are not made by the original manufacturer do not always come with a warranty, which means you may need to replace the part again sooner than anticipated, costing you more time and money in the long run as a result.

Whether you want your car to reach 50,000 miles or 200,000, regular maintenance and care is key to success. Contact our Lexus dealership today for quality service and car care.