Logbook Loans: How to get your car to last longer

Those of us who learned to drive more years ago than we care to count will remember how unreliable our cars used to be. If you drove a car, you also needed to know a considerable amount about basic car maintenance in order to be confident about hitting the road and arriving at end of your journey without incident.


You also expected to change cars much more often than we need to today. It was considered a great step forward when Toyota advertised in the early 1980s that its cars would now do 100,000 miles before they needed replacing. But nowadays, 200,000 miles is considered routine.


So cars these days are lasting longer. Let’s take a look at why this is ….


More sophisticated assembly

The advent of technology means that more equipment – including robots – are used to assemble cars. This means that the assembly of each car on a production line is consistent and will be performed at exactly the right settings every time. Taking another look back into the past, many older drivers will remember having to “break in” a new iron engine, driving more cautiously for the first 500 miles or so until the various parts of the engine settled down. Now that the materials used to construct cars are lighter, and cars are built in cleaner environments, engines are ready for action from the start.


Anti corrosion

Those of us who had cars in the ’60s and ’70s will remember how much they used to attract rust and corrosion. This was exacerbated by the introduction of thinner body parts in the early ‘70s, causing many cars to rust through within 3-4 years. But since then,  advances in corrosion protection have greatly improved things. Manufacturers now add anti-corrosion treatments at the factory which ensures that the lighter metals used today will last the life of the car.


Fuel Injection

Fuel injection enables your car engine to run smoothly and efficiently by providing it with the right mixture of fuel and air. Before the invention of fuel injection, the mixture of fuel and air in a car’s engine was controlled by a carburettor. The carburettor dripped fuel into the engine, but this lacked precision so often you got extra fuel going into the engine. This caused carbon buildup and led to wear and tear on the engine. But fuel injection delivers fuel in precise bursts to the engine, making it more efficient, powerful and economical. Ultimately, fuel injection enables the engine to last longer.


Synthetic Oil

Although most of us tend to look for natural rather than artificially manufactured products, synthetic engine oil is an exception. Synthetic oil contains molecules that respond and react to the temperature of the engine. This enables it to function both when the engine is very cold and also very hot. The oil protects the various parts of the engine in all kinds of conditions. Synthetic oil also needs changing much less frequently than the engine oil of old, meaning that it is much more economical and will keep your engine lubricated for much longer.

So the advances in technology and car manufacture have resulted in cars being much better products these days and more likely to last longer. However, it is still really important to maintain your car regularly as well as you can, and we covered this topic in our recent article Car Maintenance: All You Need to Know.


Another advantage of keeping your car in well-maintained and roadworthy condition is that you then have the option of using it for a logbook loan. Logbook loans are personal loans that are secured on your vehicle, which means that your application for a logbook loan may be successful even if other loan applications have failed. So a bad credit logbook loan may be the solution to your current financial problem. To find out more, check out the details of our logbook loans here.