The good news is today’s average vehicle can hit the 200k-mile mark with greater ease than its predecessor. Manufacturers now build cars that have higher performance and extended life. Regardless of the superiority of modern auto engineering, you still have to take care of your car once you drive it away from the dealership. But ‘maintenance’ doesn’t have to be a bad word if your car is in the right hands. Big Jim’s Automotive specializes in car maintenance and auto repair. We can help your car get closer to the 200k-mile mark and still perform relatively well.

Here are four ways you can do it:


1. Purchase a Safe, Dependable Automobile

Nothing beats a reliable new or used car that gets good gas mileage and cranks on every time you turn the key. Before you purchase a car, do your homework with both the make/model of car you are interested in and the exact model you’re buying. Choose a car that you plan to drive for a long time. Don’t compromise on the features you want or buy less or more vehicle than you think you’ll need. Go with a vehicle that will fit your lifestyle and that you’ll enjoy driving.


2. Pre-Purchase Evaluations

When you purchase a used car, you may not know what you’re getting. A pre-purchase car evaluation from one of our ASE-certified mechanics will give you peace of mind about moving forward with the purchase. Bring the car to our auto repair service center, and we’ll perform a point by point check of each part. We’ll let you know if the vehicle is purchase-ready


3. Stick to the Car Maintenance Schedule

Every car has a maintenance schedule. The purpose of the maintenance schedule is to solve problems before they exist. A lapse in the schedule can put more wear on tear on the car components than what is needed. Your car’s maintenance schedule is in the owner’s manual.

If you’ve neglected following your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, it’s not too late to start. Have a mechanic inspect your car and take care of any apparent problems, no matter how minor.


4. Don’t Buy Cheap Car Parts

Trying to save a few dollars on cheap car parts could cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs down the road. For instance, the wrong type of oil or transmission fluid could cause damage, void your warranty, and reduce your car’s long-term reliability. We use only parts and fluids that meet manufacturer specifications. Low-end auto parts could do more harm to your automobile than good. Don’t waste your money or your time.


Big Jim’s Automotive Can Extend the Life of Your Car

No matter what type of vehicle you have, foreign or domestic, bring it to Big Jim’s Automotive. We provide high-end car maintenance service that keeps your car on the road. In addition to standard car maintenance, we also offer engine repair, brake repair, towing service, auto AC repair and other auto services. If you live in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area, and want to schedule an auto inspection, contact us at 319-261-0999, or you can message us on our contact page.