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How Many Years Does a Car Last?

Some of the most obvious questions to ask about cars are the most difficult to answer. For instance, how long does a car last?

There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on many factors, including your intentions when buying the car, the way you drive it, your location, the make and model, the number of kilometers on the clock, how often you service it, how often you change the oil, and so on.

Most people will fall into one of three categories when buying a car:

  1. Buy new and drive it into the ground
  2. Buy new (or lease the car) and trade it in every few years
  3. Buy a used car and drive it until it cannot go any further

Of course, these intentions are important when you make your purchase; but the way you drive and care for your car will then influence how long it lasts, especially in the case of numbers 1 and 3 above.

An average distance that a car lasts before it can go no further might be anywhere between 150,000 – 250,000 kilometres. There are many stories where many hundreds of thousands of kilometres are done, but this usually requires very enthusiastic car owners who take the time to maintain and repair their cars over the years.  For example, in 2013, one 1966 Volvo P1800 completed 3 million miles!

 “In 2013, one 1966 Volvo P1800 completed 3 million miles!”

However, many car owners report problems starting at the 130,000 – 150,000 kilometre mark and after around 10-12 years in terms of time.

Bear in mind that newer cars generally do last longer than older cars because of improvements in car materials and technology.

If you are looking to sell your vehicle, Car Brisbane will consider any car made after 1999. We will come to you to inspect it first and pay the best possible price in cash on the spot. Call Jeff on 0414 669 007 to arrange an evaluation.