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Average Age of American Cars Reaches All-Time High

Dodge Challenger
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The average age of an American car is 11.4 years old, which is a new record, according to market research firm Polk.

According to a report by CNN,

The decline in new vehicle sales during the recession pushed the average vehicle age higher, as people kept their old cars running longer, according to Polk. The number of vehicles over a dozen years old is growing especially rapidly, the firm said.

This trend of cars growing older has been building for a long time. In 2002, the average vehicle was 9.6 years old. In 1995, it was 8.4 years.

A majority of our callers who chimed in about this topic had a car over 10 years old, with mileage ranging from 150,000 to an astounding 450,000.

How old is your vehicle? How many miles have you put on it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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