Are you stewarding your vehicles?
My wife and I drive cars a long time, but we’re back in the market. So I did some research to see which models would last the longest. iSeeCars.com studied more than 260 million cars and trucks sold from 2012-2022. They calculated the likelihood that they’d last 250,000 miles. Overall, the average was just under 12%, but 10 models ranked much higher. In the truck category, the Ford F350 Super Duty ranked highest, followed by Toyota’s Land Cruiser, Tundra, and Sequoia. The Ford F-250 came in next, trailed by the Honda Pilot and Toyota Tacoma. Then, the GMC Sierra 2500 and Chevy Silverado 2500. The Toyota 4Runner was #10.
Routine maintenance and good driving habits dramatically impact the longevity of a car, but here are a few tips from Popular Mechanics. First, wash the vehicle to clean away contaminants that cause corrosion and road salt to prevent rust. Next, lighten your load to reduce strain on the engine, transmission, brakes, and suspension. Start a vehicle and let it idle for at least 30 seconds. This raises the oil temperature and gets it flowing well. Or, just drive gently for the first couple of miles. Take care of your vehicle and thank the Lord that you have one. Extending its life is just wise stewardship.
And if you can’t afford to properly maintain your vehicle because of credit card debt, Christian Credit Counselors can create a debt management plan just for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.