It kinda hurts to find out I'm just average... one of the crowd... as far as cars go.
As a stubborn recession made drivers wary of new purchases for several years, the average age of vehicles on the road in the United States stretched to a record 11.1 years in 2011, according to the research firm R. L. Polk, which tracks vehicle sales and registrations.
Multiply that number of years by the annual miles driven — the E.P.A. uses 15,000 for the cost calculation on fuel economy labels — and it becomes evident that one pearl of conventional wisdom has become outdated.
In the 1960s and ’70s, when odometers typically registered no more than 99,999 miles before returning to all zeros, the idea of keeping a car for more than 100,000 miles was the automotive equivalent of driving on thin ice. You could try it, but you’d better be prepared to swim.
But today, as more owners drive their vehicles farther, some are learning that the imagined limits of vehicular endurance may not be real limits at all. Several factors have aligned to make pushing a car farther much more realistic.
That's from a NYT article called "As Cars Are Kept Longer, 200,000 Is New 100,000." The Green Hornet might be 11 and a half years old, but her odometer says she's still young. She only has about 57,000 miles on her clock... so it's entirely possible she'll be the last car I ever own. That's a comforting thought, innit?
Related, but not... I got this pop-up when I went to the Times' site that said beginning in April non-subscribers will get free access to only ten articles a month instead of 20. So? I'm still not gonna subscribe. You can take away my access entirely, for all I care.