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10 Affordable Fix-Ups to Refresh Your Older CarKeeping your car longer? Make it look and drive like-new again with these 10 affordable updates.
It's no secret that we're all getting older-and so are our cars. Back in the late Sixties, the average age for vehicles in operation was about five years. Today, that number has now more than doubled.
Of course, this change is partially due to the higher total number of cars on the road, along with improvements in quality that allow for longer ownership before it ends at the wrecking yard. Add to that the struggling economy, which has stifled purchases of new vehicles.
Whatever the reasons, the trend is clear: the average vehicle age has been increasing rapidly over the last five years. So what does this statistic have to do with your family car? A few things, actually.
To start with, does it make more sense to keep and fix up your old car rather than to buy another one, either new or used? The answer varies with both use and condition. Obviously, the proverbial "little old lady from Pasadena" who only drives to church on Sundays can keep her grocery-getter way longer than the long-haul commuter slogging through daily rush hours in the rust belt.
Given those qualifiers, it's generally better (or at least more economical) to maintain and fix up an old car than buy a new ride every five years or so. The only exceptions might be if your vehicle is repeatedly breaking down, and parts are expensive and hard to find. That's even more the case if it's becoming unsafe to drive.
All that said, have you considered a cosmetic makeover? (For your car, that is.) After all, if your vehicle is showing its age, and you're planning to keep it longer, what can you do to give your older car a new lease on life?
Well, we've gathered a batch of affordable fix-ups, noted in the accompanying photos, to help you put a fresh shine on your old favorite. These aren't just gewgaws and gadgets, though. Many of them actually improve performance and personal comfort. Now, don't you feel younger already?