Many frugal drivers share the dream of saving stashes of cash by pushing a car to 200,000 miles or even beyond.

The following tips will help you increase the odds that your ride will last for at least 200,000 miles.

1.  Buy the right vehicle.  Earlier this year, released its latest annual ranking of the autos most likely to last more than 200,000 miles.  Sport utility vehicles dominate the list.

2.  Follow your car's maintenance schedule.  Every car has its own maintenance schedule, set by the manufacturer.  Typically, you can find these recommendations in your vehicle's owner's manual.

3.  Change the car's timing belt before something goes wrong.  This should be part of your car's maintenance schedule.  But it's so important that it deserves a category of its own.  Here's more from


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