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What Makes Some Cars Last Longer Than Others

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They say no two cars are exactly the same. Even if they come from the same brand and carmaker, they simply couldn’t be entirely alike. One could be faster, the other might be more attractive. One might be more fuel efficient and other could have more safety features. And likely, one will last longer than the other.

Being Melbourne’s auto parts supply company for more than 20 years, we can truly attest to this. As we are the ones who take care of the cars that are in the last legs of their useful lives, we know that there are those that arrive at our yard sooner than the others. For example, there are two cars that arrived at the same time in our facility – one is a Honda 2000 sedan with about 200,000 miles on it the other a 2000 model Mini Cooper with just almost 100,000 miles on it. See, even if both are of the same year model, you can’t just quickly judge that the one with a higher mileage will most likely reach its end of life sooner or have its vital auto parts replaced.

So what do you think is the reason why some cars really do last longer than others? Is it simply because of clean and safe driving? Its price and brand? Less usage?

Being your trusted auto parts supplier who also has been providing car removal and car wreckers Melbourne services, we ought to provide you a clearer and more concise explanation as to how some cars really do last longer.


Technically, it’ll always be good car maintenance.

As always, religious preventive car maintenance is key: to your safety, to saving on repairs, to make the car perform better, to keep it looking good, AND, to use and have your car for a longer period of time. That if you really do want your car to last longer, whether it’s because of necessity or choice, you really have to pay more attention to its maintenance. Following the instructions and service maintenance schedules found on your car’s manual is always best. (Almost) nothing will go wrong if you follow everything that they recommend there. Also, in between service maintenance, you will have to ensure the fluid levels, tyres’ condition, and battery.

Of course, vehicles with more mileage and years of usage are in dire need of your extra care. If you are determined to use it for 3 more years or so, you may follow these additional tips:

  • Make sure the wheels are always properly aligned and balanced.
  • Check the timing belt and replace it immediately if needed
  • Old cars usually have worn-out rubber belts and hoses; most owners usually neglect these. But replace them once you see they’re already weakening
  • Don’t stress yourself out with repairs. Once your car needs some fixing, attend to it immediately so it won’t escalate anymore.

On the contrary, there are still some cars that seem to ‘expire’ sooner no matter how well they are taken care of by their drivers or owners. Apparently, there is still another factor why this seems to happen.


Little do we know, it’s also about good DESIGN and MANUFACTURING.

Thanks to advanced technology, the modern cars that we buy and use today are now better in terms of built-in durability and reliability. But if we’re talking about 5 years and more after the car’s purchase, that’s when the real test of longevity happens.

Honda Civic, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Camry, Nissan Maxima and Subaru Legacy. These are popular for being the most reliable and durable cars of all time. Know why? The reason is simple. Carmakers like Honda and Toyota have committed themselves to strive for and focus on their cars’ durability ever since. They have put in all their efforts and budget into designing, engineering, assembling, and manufacturing car parts that run longer and more efficiently. Other car brands simply focus on other things. Just like Volvo on safety or Hyundai on less maintenance and operating costs. So if you’re in need of a car that you’ll be able to use for 5 – 10 years, then consider the brand you’ll choose. Make sure it is reputable for its reliability.


Want to let go of your car because you need one that’s more durable and efficient? Not a problem. Advance Auto Parts does not only offer you second hand auto parts but we also buy cars that you no longer need or want. We pay top instant cash for cars regardless of your old ride’s brand and condition.

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