As the recession has made consumers more concerned with conserving cash, keeping older cars in shape has become a saving strategy, according to the Car Care Council. "We have noticed an increase in the number of inquiries to the Car Care Council for information on how to make a car last, get increased fuel mileage and save money," said Council spokesman Rich White. "People are trying to hold on to their vehicles longer so they can avoid new car payments. They just don't have the disposable income."

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