Profitt Report: How to care for your aging vehicle, prevent a breakdown

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If your car stops working suddenly, it can ruin a vacation or make you late to work. A study by AAA finds majority of vehicles in the US are at a higher-than-average risk for a breakdown.

Vehicles that are 10 years and older are twice as likely to end up stranded on the side of the road says AAA and more than half of cars on the road are at that age. Even if your car is getting up there in years, a breakdown is still preventable.

There are warning signs your aging car is on the verge of breaking down, but Matt Roda, automotive program coordinator at Mott Community College, said we often ignore them.

“We have this magical nob on our dash board called the radio volume and it tends to make a lot of things better,” Roda said.

Because engine parts can deteriorate slowly, we get used to those funny noises and over time, they finally blow.

Your vehicle’s suspension system, including shocks, struts, need to be maintained, too. This kind of maintenance will cost you, but if you maintain your vehicle for years, that’s possibly saving you money in the long run.

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