Automotive Fun Fact: Car Life Expectancy in 1930

March 3, 2024

In 1930, the average life expectancy of a new vehicle was 6.75 years.

That could be about 50,000 to 90,000 miles depending on how individuals were using their vehicles. It would be rare to travel long distances in the thirties. In the fifties, sixties and seventies, cars improved to last about 100,000 miles.

Today’s vehicles are engineered to last 200,000 miles, but the U.S. Department of Transportation reports the average life of a vehicle to be 12 years. This number seems low for 200,000 miles, but it could be due to improper care and maintenance over the vehicle’s lifetime.

We understand. No one is ever happy to visit a mechanic. You already spent a fortune to buy a car, so why should you put more money into it?

With the proper care, regular maintenance and a little luck, your vehicle can last more than 15 years. If you don’t plan to keep your car for that long, consider investing in maintenance now so you can get the most money when you resell it later.

The easiest way to take care of your vehicle is to check the owner’s manual. The manufacturer will list when you should have your vehicle serviced and your auto mechanic can alert you to other problems. Choose a car repair shop you trust so you know you are making an investment instead of getting ripped off.

Check out this video on Scheduled Maintenance!

How long do you plan on keeping your car? Would you consider driving the same car for 15 years? Let us know in the comments section below!