A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Michigan news. Novi people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate.
A lot of Novi 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 vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so.
There are plenty of Novi drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in Michigan.
The Novi drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.
That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your vehicle's engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that is bad for your engine.
There's another reason the scheduled oil change is so important for Novi car owners. It's simple – a Sovel's Auto Service 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 Sovel's Auto Service technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or repair.
Your friendly and knowledgeable Sovel's Auto Service service advisor will also visually inspect your vehicle 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.
Realistically, things are going to wear out as your vehicle gets older. On the way to 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) 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 some money, but they are less than new vehicle payments in Novi. With proper service at Sovel's Auto Service and regular inspections, you'll keep surprise repairs to a minimum and more money in your wallet.
Sovel's Auto Service
41425 W. 10 Mile Rd.
Novi, Michigan 48375
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