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DEAR CAR TALK: Is there a adventure abaft the cars Tom and Ray were depicted as in the “Cars” movies? I own a Dodge A100 and it’s air-conditioned to see one in such a big cine series. Thanks for any information.

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— Kolby

DEAR READER: There is a adventure abaft those cars. In the aboriginal 2000s, aback Pixar was authoritative the aboriginal “Cars” movie, they alleged and asked us to be in it. Director John Lasseter was actual into cars and capital to apperceive about allusive cars we’ve had in our lives.

So my brother, Tom, chose his then-current car, which was a 1963 Dodge Dart convertible with blight up to the windows and a ancestors of raccoons that lived in the aback seat. It was not a abundant car, but the top went bottomward and that was all he absolutely cared about.

And he collection that car appropriately until his boyish son collection it into the aback of an ambulance one day (all parties able injury, except the Dodge Dart).

I had addicted memories of my 1967 Dodge A100 window van. And if you own a Dodge A100, you apperceive it was additionally a awful car. Mine was bedeviled by overheating. Every time I collection it, the calefaction barometer on the dashboard would go into the red zone. It collection me nuts. Admitting every attack I fabricated to fix it (including replacing the complete engine), the aggravate would edge up to “hot” every day.

I got so balked with it that one day at a red light, I best up a bang that was sitting on the attic of my van, burst the bottle that covered the barometer array and physically angled the temperature aggravate aback to “normal,” area it backward forevermore. And I collection the van acquiescently afterwards that.

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When I aboriginal got the van, it was snot blooming and white. But it decayed like crazy.

And aback in the mid-70s, there was a aggregation alleged Earl Scheib that would acrylic a car for $49.95. And for $59.95, I think, they’d alike cycle bottomward the windows first.

Anyway, they capital a whopping $75 to acrylic my van, and I sprang for it and had the van corrective gas-company-orange. My wife hated the color. So the abutting time a fender decayed out, I had it corrective auto yellow. I assumption I charge accept been subconsciously bedeviled with accepting abject aback then.

Anyway, we were featured, forth with our cars, as Dusty and Rusty, the Rust-Eez Brothers in the aboriginal “Cars” and in “Cars 3.” So those two abundance have, admitting Dodge’s best efforts, managed to access immortality.

DEAR CAR TALK: I tend to drive my cars “into the ground.” The barring actuality my minivan, which I bought to alter my Mustang GT afterwards my twins were born.

Well, that van now has 275,000 afar on it. At 210,000, I had to adjudge whether to alter the motor (which had self-destructed) or move on. It was close, but I put a new agent in it.

Now the anatomy and anatomy are acerbic apart. Although I could alter the complete advanced suspension, tires, bankrupt system, hood, doors, advanced fascia and rear brakes, I anticipate I may be extensive the end of the alley with this van. But the AC and aboriginal alternator are still good!

Here’s my question: Aback should a being move on from a car? And what is the candied atom amid amount and age of a car aback affairs a “new” acclimated one?

— Lyle

DEAR READER: I’d say the time to dump a car is at 209,999 miles.

I’m all for frugality, but I anticipate you overdid it by putting a new agent in a van with 210,000 afar on it. As you bound begin out, every added allotment of the van additionally had 210,000 afar on it and was additionally accessible to self-destruct.

There’s no complete acknowledgment we can accord you to this question. It varies by car and by how it was engineered, apprenticed and cared for. But I can accord you some accepted guidelines.

If you get 150,000 afar out of a car, you’ve done fine. You’ve rung the alarm and gotten your money out of the vehicle. If you get 200,000 miles, you’ve done added than fine.

So, if you get eight-10 years and 150,000 afar out of a car and article big goes wrong, no one is activity to criticize you for trading it in or affairs it and starting over at that point. And if you advertise the car privately, you can still get some money for it, alike with 150,000 miles.

If you adjudge to accumulate it at that point, accept that there’s a acceptable adventitious it’s activity to be beneath reliable in the future. Aback you’re affairs a acclimated car, I’d say the candied atom is two-three years and 24,000 to 36,000 miles. At that point, lots of cars will accept attenuated by about a third. Some more, some less. But with best new cars calmly activity 100,000 to 150,000 miles, you’re affairs the majority of the car’s life, for a third off.

Plus, by affairs a car that’s alone 2 or 3 years old, you can generally get the latest, or abundant of the latest, assurance equipment. And best importantly, the aboriginal buyer of the car won’t accept had abundant time to absolutely bullwork his claimed aroma into the agent yet.

Ray Magliozzi dispenses admonition about cars in Car Talk every Saturday. Email him by visiting


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