Pick a car to drive for a long time

2017-08-16 06:00

To keep a car running beyond the 320 000 km mark would initially have seemed about as likely as driving it to the moon. Better power train technology, rust prevention, lubricants and more have led to improvements in reliability and durability. Now, almost any car can make it well into six-figure territory with proper care.

Drivers are keeping their cars longer than ever before. The average age of all cars on the road is more than 11 years, up from about eight years in 1995, according to Polk research.

This research shows that reaching the 320 000 km milestone could result in savings of R399 984 or more.

Start with a model that has a reliable track record.

Pick a car you would want to keep for a long time.

Keep an eye out for cars that have the latest safety features. Electronic stability controls is a must, and consi-der a vehicle with a rear camera and forward collision, lane departure and blind-spot warnings.

If you buy a used car, look out for signs of neglect or abuse. When you find a vehicle, take it to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic inspection. – www.consumerreports.org

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