Vehicles on U.S. roads are oldest on record: Polk

DETROIT Tue Aug 6, 2013 12:08am EDT

Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam during rush hour in Sao Paulo February 6, 2012. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam during rush hour in Sao Paulo February 6, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Nacho Doce

DETROIT (Reuters) - Cars and trucks on U.S. roads average 11.4 years in age, the oldest on record since research and consulting firm Polk began to keep track of vehicle age in 1995, Polk said on Tuesday.

Polk counted 247 million U.S. passenger cars and trucks registered in 2013, just short of a record 250 million counted in 2008. That figure will grow to 260 million vehicles by 2018, Polk said.

In 2012, the average age of cars and trucks on U.S. roads was 11.2 years.

Mark Seng, vice president of Polk's aftermarket practice, said the older vehicles will present profitable opportunities for chain and independent repair shops.

Two of the main reasons behind the aging U.S. vehicle fleet is the better quality of the cars and trucks and the fact that consumers, wary after the recession, are keeping their vehicles longer.

In 2013, the average age of passenger cars on U.S. roads was 11.4 years, up from 11.3 years in 2012, while the average age of trucks in 2013 was 11.3 years, up from 11.1 years in 2012.

Before the recession, in 2007, the average age of cars and trucks on U.S. roads was 10 years, Polk said.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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brotherkenny4 wrote:
People are driving less too, because of higher fuel prices. Add also that the most susceptible TV generation is now dying off, and cars are mainly sold through advertisement manipulations that promise your car will be thrilling or get you the girl, which is simply at odds with the reality of sitting in traffic breathing a toxic fog of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Thus, over time the process of convincing people of the more than functional aspects of a vehicle loses it’s effectiveness. Additionally people understand how much they cost (more than they used to anyway) and that wasted money on vehicles is just that, wasted money, which in turn tends to keep many people poor and struggling. The bottom line is that the image of a vehicle being some kind of fulfilling or enjoyable experience is found not to be true when you sit in traffic on pot hole filled roads and breath the pollution.

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