It's easy and can save you thousands in the long run
If you think you're staying ahead of the game by trading in your car every three to five years, here's a secret: Many of today's cars last for 200,000 miles or more with few if any major repairs, if properly cared for. And holding on to a car long after the payments are through can save you $30,000 or more.
Thanks to advances in motor oil, engine technology, and rustproofing among other things, today’s cars are more reliable than ever and thousands of our readers are benefitting. Those cars run the gamut of the automotive spectrum, from small sedans to SUVs and pickups. Still, more motorists could be saving money by hanging on to their cars.
Here's how to get your car into the 200K Club:
Buy a reliable, safe car
Any vehicle can reach 200,000 miles if you're willing to keep replacing parts. If you want to get there with a minimum number of visits to the repair shop, buy a car with a good track record.
For starters, see Pick a car for the long run. To dig deeper, check out the comprehensive reliability ratings in every April Autos issue and available to ConsumerReports.org
Pick a car for the long run
Good Bets have performed well in our tests and have better-than-average reliability for several model years. Bad Bets have multiple years of much worse than average reliability and more problems than other models overall. Reliability is based on the results of our Annual Car Reliability Survey, and all have three or more model years of data.
GOOD BETS BAD BETS
Honda Civic BMW 7-Series
Honda CR-V Infiniti QX56
Honda Element Jaguar S-Type
Lexus ES Jaguar X-Type
Lexus LS Mercedes-Benz M-Class (V8)
Toyota 4Runner Mercedes-Benz SL
Toyota Highlander Nissan Armada
Toyota Land Cruiser Nissan Titan
Toyota Prius Volkswagen Touareg
Toyota RAV4 Volvo XC90 (6-cyl.)
Get regular maintenance on your vehicle and you to can gets 200,000 miles with the right vehicle..