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Can you guess why Americans keep older cars longer?
The Los Angeles Daily News / The Associated Press ^ | August 6, 2013 | Tom Krisher

Posted on 08/07/2013 3:50:29 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with new car sales increasing, the average age will continue to rise, an industry research firm says.

The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January, the latest figures available from state registration data gathered by the Polk research firm.

That's up from 11.2 years in 2012, and nearly two full years older than in 2007, before the start of the Great Recession, Polk said Tuesday....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: automakers; automobiles; automotive; autosales; bhoeconomy; economy; recession; trends
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To: Iron Munro
unleashed an “environmental nightmare” through shredding, not recycling, many of the 690,000 cars people traded in for an up to $4,500 car credit.

Thanks for the info. Wasn't aware of that. Just another government boondoggle. Nothing to see here. Move along.

141 posted on 08/07/2013 7:45:38 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SoothingDave

Correct. I insure my home and my life. Aside from that, anything costing less than 10k is effectively self-insured (I’ll just buy a new one if it breaks). That includes everything from my 98 Explorer (still works great) down to my kitchen appliances.


142 posted on 08/07/2013 7:54:42 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: woodbutcher1963

I’ve heard that in parts of Europe it’s the opposite - mandated monthly costs for older cars since they want them off the road.


143 posted on 08/07/2013 8:19:26 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: exDemMom

Well sure she is... she is one ;)


144 posted on 08/07/2013 8:19:37 AM PDT by Principled
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My Chevy Silverado just hit 14 years old. It is my daily driver. Runs like a top.


145 posted on 08/07/2013 8:21:34 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I’m replacing my 28 year old car with a 14 year old one. GOing from a Buick to a Caddy. The Buick needs too much mechanical work for me but, dang, the body still makes head turns.


146 posted on 08/07/2013 8:30:45 AM PDT by Betty Jane
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To: Timber Rattler

Grotesquely overpriced and dangerously SMALL newer cars! No WAY I’m putting my kids in one of these little death traps.


147 posted on 08/07/2013 8:31:39 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: xeno

The heard mentality is amazing, if one car company goes low roof line then THEY ALL GO THAT WAY.


148 posted on 08/07/2013 8:35:43 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Timber Rattler

That is part of it.


149 posted on 08/07/2013 8:38:06 AM PDT by MSF BU (n)
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To: redgolum

My 2006 Honda CRV is still like new. I’m going to drive it til it drops.


150 posted on 08/07/2013 8:42:42 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m like most of the people on this thread; mostly drive an older vehicle (’86 Nissan Hardbody, 91,000 miles, paid $5250 new, could have got a little batter deal). The neighborhood is flooded with newer vehicles, however; even the illegals have a 2009. They all assume I am going to be buried in the pickup which may be true.


151 posted on 08/07/2013 8:44:09 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: tet68

I’ve a 61 VW Two door Truck....


152 posted on 08/07/2013 8:44:50 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
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To: knarf

Your list describes my life with a ‘93 Altima that I purchased new 123,000 miles ago. I had a $2500 repair after driving from WA to FL and back. Other than that, just maintenance. I’ve been fortunate to find good service guys who don’t take advantage of my total ignorance of things mechanical.

I actually like this car, I talk to her, I occasionally give her dashboard a little pat and say thanks.

Crazy? Not. Many years ago, I had a really old clunker that I drove to work over a mountain pass day after day. Named her Zoe. “Come on, Zoe, you can do it,” I’d say aloud.

Then one evening I took a very neurotic relative out for dinner. She flipped out in the passenger seat, screamed at me for having such a terrible, dangerous car. Made quite a scene. The very next day, Zoe blew her engine on the pass. My friend, a physicist at Hughes Research, agreed that the bad vibes created by the crazy lady probably caused Zoe to die.


153 posted on 08/07/2013 8:59:48 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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To: TurboZamboni

I use the 99 Escort primarily for work so it only has 68000 actual. Getting my money’s worth out of it and it’s too old for the state to tax me for more than the $25 licensing fee.


154 posted on 08/07/2013 9:06:50 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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The choice is do I spent $1000 on a major repair and the car is like new or do I spent $1000 for just 2 months of a car payment?


155 posted on 08/07/2013 9:08:10 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: Artie
I’m guessing record income and spending power.

Well done! Obviously you don't work for the MSM, LOL

156 posted on 08/07/2013 9:08:24 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have a white 1998 Mark 8 Lincoln that has 40,325 actual miles on it. What happens with time is car parts become hard to find. The older, the greater, the likely hood ... any parts will have to come from a salvage yard. And age not mileage becomes the cause of many needed parts. Window seals, trim, etc. my car has been garaged 95% of the time or more. It cost me over a $1,300.00 to replace a headlight!!!! This is the second one. The first only only cost $400.00 . When the second side burned out, it was no longer possible to get it from the manufacturer, it had become a whole new "set of headlights," all joined together in one piece.. Very frustrating.

Otherwise I really do like the Mark. And there is no intention to replace it ... until, it is a 'must situation'. Someone will get a car that has been gently driven.

157 posted on 08/07/2013 9:17:53 AM PDT by geologist ("If you love me, keep my commands" .... John 14 :15)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I do because personal property tax in Kansas is so damn high. I suppose I could do like about 25% of Kansas residents do, which is to tag in another state (usually Texas).


158 posted on 08/07/2013 9:22:55 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Goodbye America. Glad the majority of my years were spent during the good days.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I won’t let my JEEP go anywhere w/o me so it’s doesn’t get ‘mixed up’ with those older. ;)


159 posted on 08/07/2013 9:41:16 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001

Wife’s minivan-105K, my Vibe 230K (I drive 65-90 miles a day) Daughter’s Volvo 250K, Daughter’s Vibe 125K (just bought it this week. Her Sable has 190K on it. We might keep it.


160 posted on 08/07/2013 9:45:27 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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