Seven figures … Can a car really last 1M miles?
One million miles, have you driven 1 million miles in your lifetime? Was it in the same vehicle? Seven figures, a term usually associated with money. Example; “That guy sold his 100-year-old family company last year for seven figures and retired to easy street.” When you ask yourself, “A million mile car? Come on really?”
Most regular folks like me just buy a new car or truck when they get an itch, see a cool new ride or perhaps have a bunch of miles on the family truckster that needs work or they have to drop some big money to keep it running. Have you really ever thought about how far that actually is, a million miles? Google told me 252,088 miles one way from the farthest point to the Moon and back from good old Earth. Now, if we happen to have some car nut astronomers out there feel free to correct me in the comment/question blog below or write in. I am not an astronomer, but I/we have serviced a few cars, it’s a little like rocket science now though and that is what this column will be about a couple of times a month, interactive communication about cars and more cars and auto maintenance, with some odd observations and sometime stupid events and updates as well.
There may be some humor, and possibly kid’s stories, grandma hot rodders, dogs, cats and other strange animal stories too. (Gotta keep the content lively) Think about this, it takes more than 500,000 miles in a round trip to the Moon. I’m one of those kids from the 1960’s when your car had a carburetor and not a computer who saw Alan Shepard make that first “Giant leap for mankind.” Seeing him stepping on the moon as a kid I will never forget and as I recall Mr. Shepard himself ended up going there more than once to work on his golf game. In fact what did NASA do, they sent a car along with those flyboys a few times just to make it more fun off-roading the Moon, picking up rocks. That was cool and still is. NASA got a lot of miles out of those old Apollo rockets, and they just retired the Space shuttle. Why you ask? Maintenance and plain wear and tear, that’s why. Is your car a HIGH MILEAGE ROAD WARRIOR or Family Shuttle?
We have seen and serviced a lot of vehicles of all kinds in our 25 years in Ennis, many friends and customers with very high mileage and some cars that “Miss Daisy only takes to church on Sunday.” So for the kickoff of the “Express Care Insider” I will do my best to inform you on current events and maintenance tips to make your car or truck a seven figure reality and keep you up to speed on events and do my best to help you get from point A to B safely. It aint rocket science.
But, here’s the challenge for you. If you have a high mileage ROAD WARRIOR around these parts, let me know about it for Volume 2, you could be a big winner in 2012. We don’t have a Million Miler here yet, but we are gaining on it, FAST… We have several getting close…. but more on that later, it will be fun. Friend us on Facebook and see one of those cars…till you get “The rest of the story”.
a.k.a. Scott Rider President Take 10 Oil, Inc. Valvoline Express Care Ennis