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Make your car last 400,000 kms

By Charles Plueddeman Slide 1 of 13: Father and sons checking engine oil

According to a report from the auto-industry research firm R. L. Polk, the average age of vehicles on U.S. roads has reached a record 10.8 years. At an average of 15,000 annual miles, a typical vehicle may now have 162,000 miles on the clock. Today's cars and trucks are simply built better than ever, thanks to improved engineering and materials. But for those who want to get even more from their cars, how can drivers take a vehicle to the 250,000 milestone and still have wheels that are reliable and cosmetically appealing? To get answers, we interviewed service writers and auto technicians certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

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