Making Your Car Last Longer in Honor of National Odometer Day

On May 12th, we observe National Odometer Day. While you most likely look at one each day, the term might escape you briefly. To put it in simplest terms, the odometer measures the distance that your vehicle travels. In honor of this most unique day of celebration, we’ve decided to offer you something that every consumer should have, a list of effective habits to make sure you get the most out of your car. Any vehicle purchase is an investment and making sure you get a return and recoup what you’ve spent, it’s important that you stay on the necessary routine maintenance that will keep your car on the road.

Oil Change

Your car’s engine is a mass of moving parts. Naturally, this creates friction which generates a considerable amount of heat. The oil keeps these parts lubricated so they can not only function properly, but prevents the heat that friction generates, allowing them a considerable life span. It’s advised that you get the oil changed in your car every 6 months or 7,500 miles.



Many modern vehicles come equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems and fill alerts. Still, keeping an eye on the structural integrity and air pressure within your tires is one of the best preventive measures you can perform, especially if you drive a lot. It’s advisable to get your tires rotated every 6 months or 6 to 8,000 miles. It’s also a good idea to get a new pair every 5 years or so.


A normal car battery will last around three years. Drivers who live in warmer climates should change their battery every one and a half to two years, as heat makes battery fluid evaporate.

Fuel Filter

The fuel filter in your car, while usually only needing to be replaced every 5 years/ 30-50,000 miles, an older car might need it much sooner. There are a few warning signs to keep an eye out for that can determine the necessity for a replacement.

  • If your car has trouble starting up
  • Your car has difficulty traveling uphill, even when you’re accelerating a great deal
  • You start losing gas milage, even on the highway


If you live in a warm climate, it’s best to get your brakes checked before the summer starts heating up. Brakes operate with friction, which generates a considerable amount of heat. This can wear down the brake pads and have a negative impact on the fluid needed for them to work properly.

Sarasota Car Sales

Keeping your car on the road is important to recoup the investment you made when you purchased it. And for the best investments Sarasota Car Sales has a selection that is affordable and of exceptional quality. Visit us today at 1683 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota!

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