Americans Keeping Cars Longer, Study Finds

You rely on it to get you to work, to the store, and to friends’ houses every day. It can be your refuge from the world, or a way to get out and see the world. You know it like the back of your hand. Yup — it’s your car!

As careful as you may be when you get behind the wheel, there are others out there who aren’t so conscientious, which means that at times it’s necessary to turn to the auto repair Litchfield Park residents rely on.

Naturally, even if you are lucky enough to avoid accidents, your car will still require repair from time to time, to keep it in tip top shape. Tires go bald, brakes wear out, hoses and clamps need replacement. The oil that keeps things running smoothly will get dirty. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life that even the most well-maintained automobile eventually needs some type of maintenance or repair.

This is actually truer than ever before. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Americans are holding onto their old cars for longer and longer. Would you believe that the average age of Americans’ cars is over 11 years?

This is due in part to the financial crisis that began in 2008; when so many people were out of work, facing layoffs, or concerned more about paying their mortgage than about financing a new car, it’s understandable that new car sales slowed.

In the past decade or so, Americans have also begun to eschew the excessive materialism and consumerism that were so prevalent in the 1980s. Having brand new cars or designer clothes isn’t as important as it once was. Millennials, in particular, are embracing a slower, more traditional way of life that values using what you have or making do it without. This extends to cars.

It makes sense to keep your car for as long as you can, too. After all, it’s a major investment! And unless your car is already very old or is facing major repair issues, it’s going to be more economical to pay for upkeep and repairs on the old vehicle than to trade it in for something new. You know how they say that new cars depreciate the minute they’re driven off the lot? It’s true, so why not make the most of the money you’ve already spent on your transportation?

Not only that, but many people feel as if their autos are old friends. We make ourselves comfortable in our cars, by customizing the seat covers, the accessories, and even the smell! We’ve eaten in our vehicles, had great conversations, hit the high notes, and maybe even taken a quick nap in there. It can be hard to say goodbye to a car, so why not treat it well and keep it around as long as possible?

Whether an accident has occurred, you need a simple oil change, or you have no idea what problems are befalling your vehicle — but you know you need them solved — you can count on Champs Family Auto Repair to take good car of your car.