Mazda is a great vehicle when you want to buy a car that you can keep running for years to come. As a long-term purchase, it’s favoured by economical drivers who want something that’s fun to drive, but also affordable and safe. For family drivers, a Mazda CX-3 or CX-5 provides plenty of room while still appealing to people who prefer cars to trucks and SUVs. With a vehicle like the CX-5, you can keep it on the road for years, and there are plenty of reasons you may want to.

​The author of the popular financial advice blog My Own Advisor kept his 2000 Mazda Protégé running for over a decade. He says it made financial sense to keep it running, because it kept his insurance premiums down and it allowed him to contribute to his RRSP and TFSA instead of sinking that money into paying down a new car. It was a secondary commuter vehicle, and keeping it around gave him room to save for his next vehicle.

Keeping your car on the road for as long as you can make financial sense for a lot of people, but the best way to do it is not by running your automobile to the ground. Maintenance is the key to the longevity of your automobile, and My Own Advisor budgeted about $500 for maintenance every 6 months.

If you plan to keep your vehicle going for a long time, you’re going to want to follow the manufacturer’s “severe use” schedule. This involves more frequent oil changes, more frequent fluid checks, hose and belt inspection and replacements when they become loose, cracked, or brittle, and to keep it looking good. You can find more tips on long-term car maintenance over at Forbes.

As your local Mazda dealership, Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda can help you keep your vehicle running its best for years to come. Our service centre guarantee is to never keep our customers waiting and offer superior deals on regular maintenance.

 Another way you can save money on your car is to look at pre owned certified Mazdas here at Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda, the perfect compromise between the reliability of a newer car and saving money by avoiding a brand-new purchase. When Toronto Mazda dealers like us take back a leased vehicle after 2 or 3 years, we put it through a 160-point inspection according to the manufacturers’ specifications and repair anything that isn’t up to standard. That’s most lease deals involve extra charges for usage that goes beyond “everyday wear and tear.” Buying from our selection of Mazdasthat are now off-lease also means that you get support and peace of mind with our 7-year / 140,000 km limited powertrain warranty, which covers the engine, transmission, differential, etc.

There are so many ways to save money on automobiles and the team at Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda can help you. Whether its regular visits to our service centre to keep your vehicle on the road longer, taking advantage of great trade in deals, or buying a pre owned certified vehicle, we’re here to help make your commute better and your savings higher.