Even if your car’s a beater, extra scrapes and bumps won’t make you feel any better.


Try Not To Turn The Steering Wheel All The Way To Either Side

In 2019, many “older cars” still have hydraulic steering. That means there’s a pump pushing fluid around to translate your spinning of the steering wheel into the front wheels changing direction.


The further you turn it, the harder that pump has to work. Pumps with easier lives last longer. Granted, that logic can be ported to many things (like if you don’t use the brakes, you’ll never wear out your pads) but steering tends to be pretty easy to be mechanically sympathetic about; you probably don’t turn to full-lock very often. And when steering’s problematic, it tends to be hard to ignore. As in: It gets noisy.

Be Wary Of Insurance Claims On Old Car

We could probably launch a dedicated research project into this matter and investigate it in-depth, but in short, if you’ve got a car that’s not old enough to be a “classic” but not new enough to be considered by most people to worth keeping full coverage on, tread carefully in the world of car insurance.


Insurance companies will be quick to total an older car rather than repair it, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some try to reduce your coverage after your vehicle hits a certain age, too.

My blanket advice would be to double-check how your old car’s covered, and most importantly, figure out how it’s evaluated. Sometimes, a car might be worth more to you than your insurer and if that’s the case you should figure out how to rectify that before you need to make a claim.


I like older cars. And even if I didn’t, I can’t afford new hardware anyway. I’d also rather not spend a lot of money on maintenance, I’m not really a great mechanic, so I generally have to go easy on my gear to make it last.

It’s worked out pretty well for me so far. Give it a shot. Don’t let good cars go to early graves!