March/April 2016

Keep On Loving Your Older Car

BYJosh Sens
Dramatic odometer flips are milestones worth celebrating, but they also mean your cherished vehicle requires some extra TLC. 
 
Stay Tuned. Avoid skipping regular tune-ups and oil changes just because your car is out of warranty. These maintenance measures are a bargain compared with the costly repairs they prevent. 
 
Charge Up. AAA auto experts say cars need new batteries every 36 months. Consider replacing your battery before you’re left stranded. AAA Mobile Battery Service (AAA.com/battery) brings a replacement and installs it on the spot. 
 
Rotate and Replace. Higher-mileage cars usually require more maintenance than brand-new vehicles. But the investment is worth it. Services such as tire rotations, brake adjustments, and timing belt replacements can spare you more expensive repairs down the line.
 
Remember Fluids. Older cars go through oil and other lubricants faster than new vehicles and may need top-offs between services.
 
Upgrade Coverage. Bumping up your AAA membership to Plus or Premier gives you longer tow distances — a useful benefit for owners of older cars that are more likely to break down. Find details at AAA.com/upgradeoptions.
JOSH SENS is a freelance writer based in Oakland, California.
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Visit a AAA Owned and Operated Auto Repair shop for regular maintenance to prolong the life of your car. Visit AAA.com/repair for more information.  
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