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What is the average life expectancy of a car?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 8:00 am

For most people, a vehicle is the second largest purchase they will ever make behind a house. Unfortunately, unlike a house, a vehicle’s lifespan is fairly short meaning car shoppers really need to be smart about their selection if they want to make a sound investment. So, how many miles can the average driver expect to get out of their car before they need a replacement? We break it all down below.

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How many miles can you expect an average car to last?

Close up of the headlight of a vehicle driving down a country road at sunsetThe automotive segment has made a lot of strides in the last decade and what once was considered a major milestone, hitting 100,000 miles, is now pretty standard regardless of your vehicle. So, just how long can the average car last? With enough money, any car can last indefinitely, but the average vehicle on the road is about 11 years old. It’s also no longer shocking when a vehicle from a reliable brand ticks over the 200,000-mile or in some rare cases 300,000-mile mark. The average buyer is usually ready for an upgrade before that time comes, usually to gain modern vehicle amenities or safety features.

What factors contribute most to vehicle longevity?

Pick Something Reliable Up Front – Like we mentioned above, unless you purchased a real lemon you can expect your vehicle to reach well over 100,000 miles with proper care. However, the brand does matter if you are looking to keep your vehicle for the long haul. Consider choosing a vehicle from one of the most reliable brands like Toyota or Honda and look up reliability scores online before your purchase.

Follow the Maintenance Schedule – Second to selecting a reliable model, the best thing that you can do to keep your odometer ticking is to follow your recommended maintenance schedule. This will help keep costly problems at bay that make it hard to justify a repair over a replacement.

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