How to Maintain an Older Vehicle

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

An older car needs some extra attention.

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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 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.

If your car's seen better days, rely on AAA: Road service benefits begin 48 hours after you become a Member.