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Keep Loving Your Older Car

Dramatic odometer flips are milestones worth celebrating, but they also mean your cherished vehicle requires some extra TLC.

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An old car needs some extra attention.

Stay tuned

Don’t skip regular tune-ups and oil changes just because your car is out of warranty. These maintenance measures are a bargain compared with the costly repairs they prevent.

Charge up

Experts say cars need new batteries every 36 months. Consider replacing your battery before you’re left stranded. AAA Mobile Battery Service (AAA.com/battery) brings a replacement and installs it on the spot.

Rotate and replace

Higher-mileage cars usually require more maintenance than brand-new vehicles. But the investment is worth it: Services such as tire rotations, brake adjustments, and timing-belt replacements can spare you more expensive repairs down the line.

Don't forget fluids

Older cars go through oil and other lubricants faster than new vehicles and may need top-offs between services.

Upgrade coverage

Bumping up AAA membership to Plus or Premier gives you longer tow distances—a useful benefit for owners of older cars that are more likely to break down. Find details at AAA.com/upgrade.

This article was first published in Fall 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.