High New Car Costs

March 1, 2024

Regular Maintenance Sidesteps the Cost of a New Car

Regular maintenance from technicians at Milex Complete Auto Care can shield you from the sticker shock of new car prices and ensure your vehicle remains reliable for years to come.

The average cost of owning and operating a new vehicle climbed to $1,015 per month in 2023, up from $894 in 2022, according to AAA. The roadside assistance provider evaluated nine categories of vehicles, consisting of 45 models, to determine a new vehicle’s average annual operating and ownership costs. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of a new car jumped 4.7% in 2023 to $34,876. Combined with record-high finance charges, a new car may be out of reach for many drivers.

As new car prices reach new heights, the value of regular vehicle maintenance is apparent. Milex’s technicians can help extend the lifespan of your car, offering a practical alternative to the financial burden of purchasing a new vehicle.  

The Importance of Regular Maintenance
The average person keeps a car for about eight years, but a well-maintained vehicle can significantly outlast one that’s neglected. With maintenance, it's not uncommon for cars to reach or even surpass 200,000 miles. The average age of cars on the road hit 12.5 years in 2023, according to S&P Global Mobility. Proper maintenance will delay the need for a new car purchase and enhance your vehicle's resale value when you are ready to car shop.

Experts recommend taking your car in for a check-up every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on your vehicle's make, model, and the manufacturer's recommendations. Routine care helps identify and address minor issues before they escalate into major problems, saving you from costly repairs down the line.

A comprehensive maintenance visit at Milex covers several key areas to ensure your vehicle is in top condition. 

  • Oil and filter change: Essential for keeping your engine running smoothly and efficiently.
  • Brake inspection: Ensures your safety by checking the brake pads, rotors, and fluid levels.
  • Tire rotation and pressure check: Maximizes tire life and improves vehicle handling.
  • Top-off fluids: Includes transmission fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid to prevent overheating and ensure visibility.
  • Battery test: Helps guarantee that your car starts reliably in all conditions. 

Trust Milex for Your Car Maintenance
We’ve built a reputation on trust, quality, and expertise. With a team of certified technicians who use the latest diagnostic equipment, your vehicle will receive quality service. Our commitment to customer education means you'll always understand what services are performed and why they're necessary to keep you informed.

Car Self-Care
In addition to regular maintenance visits, safeguard your wallet by taking steps to keep your car in prime condition. 

  • Check fluid levels: Keeping an eye on your car's oil, coolant, and brake fluid can help you catch leaks early.
  • Maintain tire pressure: Properly inflated tires improve fuel efficiency and reduce wear.
  • Stay alert: Listen for unusual noises. Early detection of strange sounds can prevent major repairs.
  • Keep it clean: Washing your car regularly prevents rust and preserves the paint.

<h2>Stay Road Ready with Milex</h2>
Trust Milex to keep your vehicle running like new, mile after mile, and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing your car is in good hands.

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