The Real Life of a Vehicle Defined
In many ways the life of a car and your own life are very similar. For example, you cannot survive very long or well with the loss of any one of the majority of your organs. The same holds true for any one of a number of components that goes into your engine---with the exception of emissions control devices. I’ve seen a number of cars with those components failed or stripped and they still run, but perhaps not as well as they should.
Not to belabor the comparison, let’s move onto what is the most important comparison/expectation the two share: Life expectancy.
According to the Car Wizard YouTube channel, what the manufacturer believes is the life expectancy of your car differs markedly of what car owners believe is and should be the life expectancy of their car.
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In fact, the Car Wizard asks the non-rhetorical question “When you or I think of the life of a vehicle…what comes to mind?” His answer to the question is that for most car owners, the belief is that of 300,000-plus miles. However, if you follow the car manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule or plan, the reality of how long your car will really last is only until that of the warranty period: 5-years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.
The Auto Industry’s Darkest Worst Kept Secret
To discover what this is all about and how the automotive industry is misleading car owners, listen to what the Car Wizard has to say about why many cars don’t last their owner-expected lifetimes and what you can do to insure your car lasts as long as you do.
In the video you will learn these most important points:
• When your transmission really should be serviced
• When your timing chain or belts should be replaced
• When your transfer case and its fluid should be serviced
• Does your differential ever need to be serviced?
• Why you will actually save money by having more servicing done
CAR WIZARD, how long will my car last? What car makers plan for & owners expect is NOT the same!
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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.
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