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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Tuffy Jacksonville

September 17, 2020

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Jacksonville people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate.

A lot of Jacksonville motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their SUVs for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so.

There are plenty of Jacksonville drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own SUVs on the road in Florida.

Jacksonville drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At Tuffy JacksonvilleThat may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your SUV's engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine.

There’s another reason why the scheduled oil change is so important for Jacksonville car owners. It’s simple – a Tuffy Jacksonville professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let’s use brake fluid as an example, your Tuffy Jacksonville technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or costly repair.

Your Tuffy Jacksonville advisor will also visually inspect your SUV for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth.

And your Tuffy Jacksonville advisor will be able to remind you of other services that the factory recommends you get done. Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going to your Jacksonville dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don’t skip it.

Realistically, things are going to wear out as your SUV gets older. On the way to 200,000 miles you’ll go through several batteries, probably a couple of alternators and water pumps, a set of shocks and likely some brake rotors.

Of course, these things cost money, but they are far cheaper than new SUV payments. With proper service at Tuffy Jacksonville and regular inspections, you’ll keep surprise repairs to a minimum and more money in your wallet.

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