Jan 27, 2014 6:49 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News
Putting 200,000 miles on your car is a real feat these days. However, one Grover Beach man's Volvo makes that mark look like a Sunday drive. That's because he recently passed the one million mile mark.
Vic Dres bought this Volvo in 1988 and from that very day he had a specific plan articulated by his license plate that read GLE1000k. He wanted to drive his car one million miles, and just yesterday he finally did.
When Vic Dres first told his friends and family he would drive his 1988 Volvo GLE one million miles, their confidence was questionable.
"I don't think they believed me at all," said Dres. "But since I've been working in Goleta for 17 years, then they said you know what your car's going to go on."
And on and on and on.
Dres says while driving from Grover Beach to Goleta for work every day from 1988 to 2005 he racked up about 800,000 miles. He now works close to home, commuting about six miles round trip, which slowed his pace significantly.
"The remaining 200,000 miles from 2005 to this year, it took a while," said Dres.
And for each milestone, Volvo has certified the feat with a medallion.
"This is the spot I'm saving over here for the million miles," said Dres, pointing at the rear bumper.
He says the reaction he gets from other drivers when they see the nine medallions on the bumper, each signifying 100,000 miles driven, is priceless.
"I'll look in my rear view mirror and they're counting, what are those, and suddenly they'll say oh my gosh, he's got 900,000 miles in this car," said Dres.
Original engine, original gasket, so what's his secret?
"Like five thousand miles you need a quart of oil, that's about it, it does not burn," said Dres with a proud smile.
But the miles on his odometer have burned out, reading all zeroes as he starts over heading toward his next million mile mark.
Des says he's only done standard maintenance, oil changes, fluid changes, belts and hoses. He's even been in four accidents and the cars keeps going strong.
Smith Volvo in San Luis Obispo will honor the feat later this week when they certify the mark with a one million mile club medallion.
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