Average Age of Cars Reaches Record 10.8 Years in U.S., Consider Us Elated

By Jacob Brown | January 18, 2012
Much like fine wine, we believe there are cars get better with age. Apparently, so does the rest of the U.S. populace, which has pushed the average age of cars and trucks in the States to a record-high 10.8 years. So what’s making us want these sexy, decadent, decade-old road-going chariots? It’s the economy, stupid. "The old days of vehicles rusting out after four or five years are gone,” says David Cole, chairman emeritus for the Center for Automotive Research. “Cars are so much better made in order to compete in the market.” Back in the early 2000s, automakers were peddling upward of 16 million new cars and trucks per year. Last year, they sold 12.4 million vehicles and drove 36 billion fewer miles through the first 11 months of 2011—a 1.4 percent decline from the prior year. OK, so blame high gas prices, too. Consequently, three-year-old used car prices are up 8 percent in Jan. 2012 over 2011. And because there are more old cars on the road, the service industry—independent and dealership-run repair shops—are experiencing increased business to keep them there. In many situations, it’s actually cheaper to maintain a used car than purchase a new one. We support the practice of maintaining these high-mileage cougar cars, and we’ll keep supporting it when the economy finally rebounds and car sales pick up to where they used to be. Despite lacking many of today’s cars safety and convenience features, an old car shows you believe in the product you’re driving and that you’re willing to keep a good thing going. You’re into the forbidden fruit of driving a car long past its expiration date because you can’t resist its charms, its rattles and squeaks and odd sounds when you start it up in the morning. Either that, or it shows you’re just cheap. Source: Detroit News
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I'm proud to drive and truly love my 1997 Cadillac Deville Concours (300hp) daily driver, has side impact airbags, stability control, and rain sensing wipers. Plus I love the traditional (long length) styling of a true Deville. I'm also proud to drive and truly love my 1987 Pontiac Trans Am GTA (serves as daily driver when there's no salt on the roads!) While it don't have any of the Caddies safety features, I don't need them because I love my car and drive it safely. And yes I do love the retractable headlights, I fitted HID projectors inside them! It's the best looking sports car in my opinion, I wish they would have retro-ed it and saved Pontiac! Since they didn't I will try and keep it forever, and hopefully fix those rattles! My point, if I could get a better job I might buy a new car, the ATS is cool, or Get a Town Car and drop the new 5.0 "Ford should have used" into it! Above all I think the bad economy, and the improved build quality year after is what keeps most older cars on the road. Besides that's where cars belong on the road, not in museums or junk yards, not one model should ever be allowed to disappear. I love cars, "I speak for all cars"