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Tips to make your car live to 200,000 miles and save you money along the way

Cars being serviced at Hillside Tire and Service in Sandy, Utah on Oct 25, 2017

(KUTV) Cars in Utah face a particularly rough road. From the belt-and-tube-drying heat of the summer to the rust inducing salted roads in the winter, our vehicles can take a beating.

It certainly doesn't help that most cars are in some state of disrepair. According to a 2010 study by Canada's Care Care Council, as many as 85% of cars on the road need repair or maintenance. Some of those issues can be dangerous. Others are just expensive.

Consumer Reports Auto Editor Jon Linkov says neglecting issues on cars when they are minor can shave years off a car's life in the long run.

"Following the schedule is key to getting your car to 200-thousand miles,” he said. “Don't delay routine oil and filter changes, belt replacements or tire rotations," he said.

Linkov says smart motorists recognize it’s a long game. It takes the average motorist about 15 years to reach 200-thousand miles on their car.

Consumer Reports offers the following tips to get your car there:

  • Check your owner’s manual. The wrong oil or transmission fluid could wreak havoc on your car or even void your warranty.
  • Don’t "cheap out" on parts. Buy genuine, name-brand parts like belts and hoses.
  • Don’t ignore rust. Rust tends to be a bigger problem in cold-weather states, like Utah, which get harsh winters requiring roads to be salted.

Consumer Reports says following these tips will not only get a car to 200,000 miles, but also save motorists money on repairs. Drivers who fix car problems when they are minor end up saving about $30,000 over the life of their car.

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