As the years progress, so do the quality of metals and oils used to create and keep cars running. This means owners can expect their vehicles to last longer than ever; however, a long life depends on more than just the car’s build and parts; their drivers play a major role.
Unlike cars from 30 or 40 years ago, today’s cars can last anywhere from 12-18 years (and up to 250,000 miles), but only if they’re properly maintained. Car owners need to take care of their cars and keep up with things like oil changes, spark plug replacements, air filter changes, fluid flushes, and part updates to ensure their vehicles last.
According to Consumer Reports, owners should follow the maintenance schedule for their vehicle; it serves as a guide and tells you when to fix, replace, or repair each part.
“Even missing one oil change can contribute to premature engine wear or cause damage, and reduce the chances of your car remaining reliable for long,” the article says.
The top 5 car models on the road with over 200,000 miles:
- Ford F-250 Super Duty
- Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Toyota 4Runner
- Ford Expedition
Even though cars have the potential to run for more than a decade, most owners don’t keep theirs around that long. On average, car owners only stick to the same car for around six years. Sometimes it’s because of an accident, sometimes it’s because of maintenance issues, and sometimes it’s simply because the owner wants a different car.
When it comes to fleets, owners are better off replacing their vehicles every 5 years or so to avoid any issues that may arise while the car or truck is being operated by an employee. Personal vehicles, however, are a different story and if you have the patience and the awareness, you can make yours last more than 10 years.