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These days, who isn’t looking to keep their car a little longer? Even after a year with increased car sales, the average age of a car in the US has reached a record high of 11+ years. But Acura drivers aren’t just holding onto their cars longer, a majority plan to keep their cars well past 100,000 miles. Here are some tips to get your car past the 100,000 mile mark.

Buy a good car to begin with.

According to cars.com, Acura models get high marks from J.D. Power and Associates for both initial quality and mechanical reliability over the initial three-year ownership period. They also received better-than-average ratings for durability from Consumer Reports and are expected to be reasonably inexpensive to maintain and repair.

Follow the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual.

If your car has a “maintenance minder,” use that as a guideline for service, but be sure to double-check your owner’s manual as some items need to be replaced based on time rather than mileage. Don’t forget the timing belt! Most cars need to have the timing belt replaced every 60,000 to 90,000 miles.

Do your homework.

Many cars have known problems that tend to pop up under certain circumstances or after enough mileage/time. Most makes and models have Web sites and forums devoted to them. Knowing your car is prone to a given problem isn’t necessarily cause to get rid of it; it just allows you to be prepared. You can always visit Chapman Acura to get an expert opinion.

Be aware.

Be on the lookout for new noises, strange smells or anything that just doesn’t feel right. If something seems amiss, talk to your mechanic or dealership. Don’t let them tell you “that’s normal”. If you’ve been driving your car long enough, you know best what normal is.

Fix everything as soon as it breaks.

If you’re going to keep your car as long as possible, you have to want to keep it as long as possible. Don’t ignore seemingly unimportant problems like broken trim bits, torn upholstery, or electrical glitches.

Use quality replacement parts.

Whether or not to use genuine manufacturer Acura parts is open to debate, but don’t just opt for the least expensive parts you can find. Discuss options with your mechanic or parts store. If a non-wearing part is damaged, consider buying a used replacement — you’ll get manufacturer quality at a more affordable price.

Drive Gently

You don’t need to baby your car, but driving erratically doesn’t lengthen the life of your car.

For more information on lengthening the life of your Acura, or to have it serviced, visit Tucson Acura.

 

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For the second year in a row, Acura was recognized by Edmunds for high resale values. The Japanese-based automaker was the top luxury brand on the list.

Edmunds’ Best Retained Value Awards were announced back in June. The list calls attention to the brands and new cars that have the highest values after five years based on True Market Value. Jeep took the top spot in the non-luxury category and Acura won the luxury category with a residual value of about 45 percent.  To look at Acuras in your area check out Chapman Acura.

“Meanwhile, this is the second year in a row that Acura has won, and the brand clearly has done a great job distinguishing its value in a hyper competitive luxury market,” said Edmunds.com Director of Auto Remarketing Joe Spina.

Infiniti and Lexus received honorable mentions in the luxury category behind Acura.

Acura’s parent company, Honda, introduced the high-end brand in 1986. Throughout the ‘90s Acura extended its models and began to offer a wider variety of vehicles.

The Acura MDX got an honorable mention on Edmund’s model list of best retained values. The SUV starts off around $45,000 and gets about 27 mpg*. The three-row SUV makes about 290 horsepower. The middle and rear seats fold flat and offer a lot of storage space. The vehicles comes with two DVD screens and other entertainment features.

Considering that Acura’s seem to hold their value, consumers should consider investing in used Acuras for sale. All Acura models have received positive reviews and offer a lot of features for consumers.

To check out the Acura MDX or other Acura models visit Acura in Tucson.

 

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, lithium-ion battery age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.