Tips to Keeping Your Old Car Alive and Kicking #DropShopAndOil

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This year marks our minivan’s 10th birthday! Mike’s truck is even older. We’ve kicked around the idea of buying two new cars because there are so many out there that we love… but then we go back to the same answer. Why buy a new car when the one’s we have are working just fine?!? Yes, my minivan is 10 years old, but who cares? We’ve done our best to maintain it well and it’s never broken down. My biggest complaint about the van is the breaks and the tires. We drive a LOT and so it seems that our breaks and tires wear down all the time and we need new ones. Big deal, right?

If you have an old car like I do and you’d like to hang on to it – keep it healthy. Here’s some tips to maintaining your old car so you get some good years out of it…

3 Simple Tips to Maintaining an Old Car:

  • Get a yearly tune up that includes a look at the whole car. Check the radiator hoses, belts, fuel line, spark plugs, tires and breaks. Breaks and tires are our biggest issue with all the miles we put on our van. It would be much better to have these things checked once a year, rather than getting out on the road and having a hose bust. Been there. Done that.
  • Fluids, fluids, fluids. People – fluids are very important! I was a school bus driver for many years and we had to check our fluids daily so I began to realize how important this is. There is no reason not to check the fluids in your car regularly. I’m not saying every day. But once a month wouldn’t be too unreasonable. You do not want your car over heating in the summer due to lack of coolant. Been there, done that too. Another “been there, done that” that I can share with you… check your oil! I blew an engine once because I forgot to add oil. What a waste of a good car.
  • Speaking of oil… Get regular oil changes! You might not think this is as important as it is – but believe me, old cars need oil changes badly! Have you SEEN the stuff that comes out after a few months?!? YUK! Imagine your grandma trying to walk through mud. Yeah, that’s how your poor car feels if you don’t change the oil regularly.

Not only is getting your oil changed important, but the type of oil is important too. I recently went to Walmart for an oil change so that I could drop off my car and shop until my car was finished. I checked out the oil section and found Pennzoil products. I didn’t realize that Pennzoil products actually help clean out the sludge that other oils leave behind. (yep, that was the junk I was talking about above!). Pennzoil is also designed for complete protection and will allow you to drive an extra 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine.

There was three types of Pennzoil to choose from:

  • Conventional Motor Oil – A traditional oil base, fortified with Active Cleaning Agents™ to continuously prevent dirt and contaminants from creating performance-robbing deposits.
  • High Mileage Vehicle – Helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. It’s a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time.
  • Platinum (synthetic motor oil) – Best cleanliness and protection in the Pennzoil line-up. With PurePlus™ Technology, the Platinum® motor oil is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. PurePlus™ Technology is a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into a 99.5% pure base oil.

I obviously chose the High Mileage Vehicle Pennzoil for my 10 year old minivan. It’s nice to know there is an oil out there specifically for an older vehicle like mine. It’s a great car and I’d like to hang on to it for a long time.

Tips to Keeping Your Old Car Alive and Kicking #DropShopAndOil

We didn’t get to Walmart until after 6pm and by the looks of it – I thought they might be closing.

Luckily, they didn’t close until 7pm so we had plenty of time!

Tips to Keeping Your Old Car Alive and Kicking #DropShopAndOil

It was also nice to drop my car off and walk around Walmart. We didn’t have much shopping to do but we liked walking around looking through the clothes section to see what we could find Gracie.

Tips to Keeping Your Old Car Alive and Kicking #DropShopAndOil


We killed some time at Walmart. Gracie picked out some clearance items (score!), we picked up a few groceries… and then headed back to the automotive department and our car was done. It was super quick and convenient to get our oil changed while we were already at Walmart. It’s nice to know we don’t have to make a special trip just to get our oil changed.


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  1. My husband is big into making sure our vehicles get regularly checked. I drive into Boston pretty often and the miles rack up fast. Luckily he takes care of all of that for me. Awesome you have a way to do it while you shopped. Good to know if I ever have to do it myself!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My walmart doesn’t have one of these, but I wish they did. What a time saver.

  3. Oh dang, thanks for the reminder! I’m pretty sure we haven’t checked ANYTHING out in EITHER of our cars in a while, especially since moving here, we have to find an all new service place to take our car to and everything. Eek!

  4. I love going to Walmart for my oil changes! Nothing is worse than sitting in a waiting room killing time while your car is being serviced. But I can absolutely kill all the time in the world wandering around the aisles of Walmart! Thanks for sharing. #client

  5. We use Pennzoil in our cars! Checking and changing your oil regularly is always important when it comes to car maintenance.

  6. My husband changes our oil! It’s so important to get it changed regularly to prevent any problems. My dad always got his oil changed at Walmart. It was so convenient to get it done while he did his grocery shopping.

  7. We utilize Walmart’s Tire and Lube Express, too. We can take care of grocery shopping while our vehicle gets an oil change. It’s such a time saver!

  8. I had my old minivan for about 13 years before we replaced her with a 2006 sport utility vehicle last year. Regular oil changes helped keep the old girl moving well for so long.

  9. Only one of my old cars is still active. I’ll be making many trips to the auto center in the future!

  10. Love getting my car maintained at Walmart! Love that I get to shop while I get my car looked at.

  11. What a great idea – get the oil changed while I do my shopping! I get the oil changed on our car regularly – it helps it run better and more efficiently!

  12. Debbie Denny says:

    When hubby does not do it, we go and do it while shopping. Great timesaver

  13. Great tips!! You totally reminded me that I need to get an oil change. Thanks for that!!

  14. I have an older car and these tips keep my van running in top shape. Thanks for sharing.

  15. My husband has been on top of every oil change for our cars. I swear that’s why they’re both over 10 years old and running well!

  16. These are some great tips! I am so guilty not taking care of my car like I should!! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I will not lie I sometimes to get my oil changed every three months ooopssie!! Walmart will get you everytime you walk around long enough you will leave with things you didnt originally plan for lol!

  18. Ah, you reminded me I need an oil change. I just said it out loud reading your post and hubby started grouching about me not getting it done yet, ha! I’m usually super good about it, I just hate going out in the winter.

  19. Awesome giveaway! I love getting my oil changed at Walmart, so convenient.

  20. Great tips! We don’t drive or have a car but we plan on it soon! I can’t wait and am glad to have some knowledge!

  21. Jess Weaver says:

    We have an older mini van also. It sure is a reliable companion getting us from place to place. Great tips.

  22. I need to pick some of this up. I paid my car off a couple of years ago and want to keep it running as long as possible.

  23. We have one at our Walmart but I don’t drive so I have never really paid attention to it. I think it’s great to learn and gain knowledge, even for people like me that don’t drive.

  24. I have to go to Reno to get WalMart to change the oil, since our store was built without a garage. I know that I can trust the technicians at WalMart for oil changes and not get ripped off. That makes me a happy consumer. You’ve got some good tips on keeping old cars running.

  25. Yes I absolutely agree with this! I’m so lucky to have a Husband who takes care of our old cars!

  26. I have a couple mechanics in my family – they always say preventive maintenance is the key to a long running car. Especially quality OIL!

  27. I’m such a typical New York City girl, I do not drive so I have no idea what kind of preventative maintenance goes into cars! LOL 🙂

  28. I’ve heard Walmart has a great automotive department. I don’t have a car, but I know a lot of people who go there for their expertise.

  29. This is a great idea! Talk about killing two birds with one stone! I can get the oil changed, get my shopping done, and get back to the house. Yay!

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