The USA Today recently released a new study that showed the age of peoples’ cars are getting older and older. In fact, the average age of a car on the road today it 11.4 years (up from last year’s 11.2), and that makes them older than ever before. It’s a trend that’s not all too surprising for a couple of different reasons.
There are a number of conclusions you can draw from this. First, people’s finances have tightened up over the past few years. That inclination for pinching pennies has encouraged people to hold on to an older car a little longer than maybe they otherwise would have. Add that on top of the fact that the under 30 crowd isn’t buying new cars, and you get an older fleet on the road.
There is a potentially positive takeaway as well, though. Longer lasting cars are a sign of better manufactured and maintained cars. While it used to be an achievement to hit the 100,000 mile mark, now it’s pretty much expected. No one even brags anymore until they get closer to 200,000.
The jury’s out on whether we’ll see the age continue to inch up, but there is signs that the market is turning around, as we’ve seen an increase in new car purchases over this time last year. Still, only time will tell.
As important as a well-made car is, engineering is only going to get you so far. If you want your car to live to see 200,000, you need to make sure to stay up on all the necessary maintenance and manufacturer’s recommended services.
They next time you need any kind of auto repair, just come by our shop in Saline. We can help you with all the maintenance and repairs that you could need!