I have been driving for over 20 years now, and over the years, I have had a few cars within that time.
Most of them were used cars, as I was always told that brand new cars drastically depreciate in value the minute you drive off the parking lot.
So, I have always purchased used. However, the last car that I purchased was a new car and now 5 years later, I am still driving it around. I have always made sure that I get my yearly maintenance done, and I always make sure that the oil and filters are changed accordingly. Of course, if I take care of the car, the life will be extended. The same goes for my home and all the appliances and equipment inside of it. While I don’t get all of them serviced, I perform certain maintenance on them every year. The only equipment that I get serviced is my HVAC unit. And it is recommended that a service should be performed every year. During this service, the HVAC tech will tune up the unit, the electrical components will be checked, the coils and drains will be cleaned, and the moving parts will be lubricated. In addition, the fan and motor inside the outside condenser unit is checked. All these are preventative maintenance measures to guarantee that my HVAC unit is performing optimally. I know that eventually the unit will need to be replaced, but for now, I will do what I can to extend the life just like I do with my car.