Is car maintenance actually worth it on a used car?

I just bought a car with 120,000 miles on it. I know that maintenance is important for new cars, but is it worth it on an old car?

“If you want your vehicle to last as long as possible, then maintenance is crucial.
If you don’t care, then forgoing maintenance isn’t the end of the world. You might lose all of the money you spent on the vehicle, other than the scrap value of the car at the end of its life.
If you want to do the bare minimum on your car maintenance, at least get the oil changed and the tires rotated. This will help your engine run longer as well as keep you safe from tire blowouts or other major issues that could put your life or the lives of other motorists in jeopardy.
As you budget for car ownership, don’t forget to plan for car insurance. Insurance can be a costly aspect of owning a vehicle, but it doesn’t have to be.
While insurance might not be considered maintenance, it does help payout in the event of an accident, saving you money when you need to repair your car. If you want help shopping for the best coverage at the lowest price, try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top providers and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes. And the best part–it’s free to shop for insurance with Jerry.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 30, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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