Top 5 tips to make your car last more than 100,000 miles

2. Looks are still important even after 75,000

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    Kenny Godwin block sands a 1941 Ford at Hatfield Restoration in Canton, Texas, last month. Even if your car isn't 70 years old, it makes sense to care for its exterior by protecting it from the elements.
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As your vehicle ages, the paint and finish become more vulnerable to oxidation, scratches, chipping, and eventually, rust. Wash and wax your car regularly, and if you can, keep your vehicle in the garage to protect it from the elements. If you don’t have a garage, using a car cover will also help protect the finish. Your car’s interior is just as important. You should clean the carpet and upholstery regularly, and use floor mats and seat covers to prolong the quality of your car's interior. Never smoke in the car. Remember the surgeon general’s warning: Smoking is hazardous to your – and your vehicle’s – health.

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