Using Technology to Keep Your Old Vehicle on the Road

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It is becoming increasingly common to keep our vehicles on the road well past the 100,000-mile mark on the odometer. While some automobile owners have the luxury, and financial ability, to purchase a new vehicle every few years, most people simply need to keep their automobiles in good repair because they are paid for. The thinking is, if you don’t need to add another bill to the growing pile on your desk, why not use technology to keep your old vehicle on the road. Here are some ways technology can help you keep old faithful running as long aspossible.

Electronic Scanners

There was a time when electronic scanners and diagnostic tools were so expensive that only repair shops could afford the cost. Now, you can get great digital scanners for under $25, which can trace wires to find breaks and diagnose a number of issues, even on cars manufactured before computer technology. They even have digital battery checkers to see if your battery is faulty. It helps to know if it’s your battery or your alternator, and actually, that’s a good piece of technology you should always keep on hand. Before buying a new battery or having a new alternator installed, see where the problem lies to save yourself a major headache and a ton of money as well.

Find Products Online

Few of us lived in a time when we couldn’t just access the Internet to find auto parts necessary to repair or maintain our vehicles. Instead, we’d spend hours at the local auto parts stores looking through catalogs, and if we couldn’t find what we were looking for there, we’d call a mechanic as a last resort. Now, it is possible to go to sites like to find seat brackets for literally any model and make of Jeep, without ever stepping away from the couch. All you need is a laptop and an Internet connection and you can search in comfort until you’ve found what you are looking for at a cost that makes sense.

DIY Repair Videos

Do you know how many people learn to repair their own vehicles by watching DIY repair videos on YouTube? Not only is YouTube an amazing video site, but it is also the world’s second largest search engine and is a social media site as well. If you can’t find what you are looking for when doing a search, just join a DIY auto repair channel. Here, you’ll get a chance to interact with other DIYers and professional mechanics to get the answers you need.

If you are like tens of millions of car and truck owners who are simply looking to keep their old vehicles on the road to avoid yet another huge expense, it’s time to look at technology for the answers you need. Yes, there may come a time when you will need to buy a new car, but you can often forestall that eventuality with the innovative use of technology to diagnose, repair, and find aftermarket parts. The technology is there, so use it!