Want to go the distance with your car? You might want to take notes from one North Carolina man, who just reached 1 million miles on his whip.
Dexter Mills of Durham recently posted a photo of his Honda Accord’s odometer to Facebook after it hit 999,999 miles. He officially hit 1 million while driving in Fayetteville.
He bought the ride brand new in 2000, and said “it’s been absolutely phenomenal,” according to local news station WRAL.
Mills said he began using the Honda as his primary car in 2006 after his wife purchased a new vehicle.
Over the past 19 years, he’s replaced the engine twice — at 375,000 and 695,000 miles. He’s also put in a new alternator, starter and compressor. As a self-employed automotive technician, he saved money doing most of the repairs himself.
Mills is now ready for an upgrade. He’s shopping for an SUV but is unsure about the model he wants to buy.
“I'm a little sad, but I think it’s time to let it rest, let it retire,” he told the news station. “It’s been an excellent car.”
Want to keep your ride in tip-top condition? Here’s a tip from Mills: “Probably one of the biggest things is I don’t drive cars hard. Every car that we own or have owned, I typically drive it in a non-aggressive manner. I don’t do jack rabbit starts.”
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