How long do you want your car to last? If you’re driving a leased automobile, you don’t have to worry about that question. Still, it’s an important consideration for people that still are holding onto their pink slips three years after driving their cars off the lot. Some folks consider 100,000 miles the end of the road. For others, the 100,000 mile mark is merely a pit stop. Americans are keeping their new cars longer—nearly 6 years compared to 4 years in 2003.
The average lifespan of American cars, including used ones, is up on the whole. We’re squeezing over 10 years out of our vehicles. If you’re planning on keeping a car or truck on the road for at least a decade, you’re going to have to do more than change the oil and replace the tires.