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Most people waiting up to 10 years to buy a new car

USA Today -- People aren't going to buy cars every two or three years anymore, an automotive website says based on an unscientific poll it conducted online.

Now, 78% of the more than 4,000 people polled by AutoMD.com says they will keep their cars at least 10 years.

"What is most compelling is that longer ownership has become an embedded habit for car owners, regardless of what the economy does," said Brian Hafer, a vice president at AutoMD.com. "This significant lengthening of the ownership cycle looks like it is here to stay."

Well, cars are better than yesterday. They don't rust out anymore, and with proper care and more global warming we have no doubt they can survive at least a decade. But when the economy improves, we're not convinced the siren call of the local car dealer won't be more ...


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Submitted Jul 25, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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RONALD777
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 3:44:32 PM

As long as the economy is in the toilet this will not change.
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DesertRat2011
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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2012 10:02:41 AM

I priced a new Ford F-350 diesel $60K+ I'm looking at used 2008 for half that price. I'll never buy new again!
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sobanek
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 1:34:27 PM

I'd never buy a brand new car, they lose on value way too much.
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gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:56:38 AM

That's a sensible habit. Buying a new car every 2 or 3 years is an extravagance to most of us, unless we use a car for business purposes and need a new or close-to-new car for appearance sake (say, for sales).

But buying a new car, as opposed to a good used car, is also usually not necessary. Car leasing has resulted in a large supply of late model used cars on the market, many still under warranty. And you avoid either the instant depreciation of driving a new car off the lot, or the complexity and lack of ownership of leasing.

GTH
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pyndasky
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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 3:09:59 AM

18 years and counting with our Volvo 240
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:51:14 PM

We typically drive our vehicles at least ten years and more if they are running well and still meet our transportation needs. We have been following this personal policy for the last twenty years. At the cost of todays vehicles, it just makes sense to drive then until the "wheels fall off" as long as the vehicle meets your needs.
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Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:51:00 PM

That sez it all about the economy.
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WCCurtis
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:19:48 PM

My Hyundai Santa Fe is 8 years old and at this moment will drive it until it stops.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:09:52 PM

I have driven cars anywhere from four to seven and a half years. The length of time I keep them usually depends on how long they are fun to drive. Cars that go to the shop a lot are by definition never fun to drive. A Ford Escape will stay fun to drive a long time for me, in fact I replaced a totaled Ford Escape Hybrid Limited with a Ford Escape XLT. All I miss is the gas mileage of the hybrid and the rear backup camera.
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:07:22 PM

I'll keep mine until the wheels fall off.
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:05:58 PM

even longer
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v8gazguzler
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:05:07 PM

I drive 60,000km in 15 to 18 months and that's when I trade in my vehicle for another.. That way it still has some value at trade-in and the only maintenance I need are 8 to 10 oil changes and everything else is covered by the warranty. Cheers!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 11:03:01 PM

Yep
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:59:57 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:59:35 PM

ok
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jorja13
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:59:29 PM

I don't know anyone that used to get a new car every 2 or 3 years unless it was leased for business, then it made sense. My car is almost 7 years old and it has under 100,000k on it........should be good for at least another 7 years!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:58:14 PM

my mercedes is an '86 and still runs fine
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gizmojoe
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:57:08 PM

I think that is a bit of a stretch I'm thinking more like 5 to 7 years.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:56:32 PM

that's about right
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:56:23 PM

Interesting.
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TFowler513
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:55:58 PM

run them until the wheels fall off!!!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:47:54 PM

My 5 year old car has 17,000 miles on it. I guess it's good for another mile or two.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:45:55 PM

Prices will probably come down as technology advances, so folks may or may not turn their vehicles more often.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:43:51 PM

A bit of a stretch
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:40:53 PM


Vehicles are better made in most respects than they used to be. My previous pickup truck lasted 30+ years. My current one is now 14 and I hope I can get another 20 out of it.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:40:05 PM

26 years on my jeep..
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:39:28 PM

I wait.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:38:17 PM

Yeah but if your having problem best to get rid of it before the mileage gets to high
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:37:32 PM

I must be one of "the most". I have a 1982 F150, a 2004 Marauder, and have only sold/traded one car in my life that had less than 100,000 miles. They are building 'em better - and - they are more expensive. If you maintain one properly, it will last. The F150 has 225,000 miles so far.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:36:10 PM

Not sure how long I will have my truck this time. Maybe it will put pressure on auto makers. I don't care about them.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:33:52 PM

Building cars better = Don't have to buy new so often...
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:29:56 PM

Let's just see here, I bought my Prius brand-new off the boat in 2006 and have barely managed to get to 14,000 miles so at that rate I will drive it until I reach 100, or they take away my license, before it will be broken in good. Haha!!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:28:58 PM

We like to trade our vehicles in every 4 to 5 years. I want to trust my car when I am alone and far away from home. Also, many warranties last until the 4 to 5 year mark. So most anything that goes wrong other than normal wear and tear will be covered and nothing will come out of your pocket.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:27:41 PM

I put too many miles on my vehicles, so I run them as long as I can. 12 years on my previous vehicle that was 5 years old when I bought it.
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sjambok
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:26:43 PM

Just 10 years?? LOL I kept my last one nearly 20, and will only buy with cash, which means no new car.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:25:35 PM

buy used save money
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:25:14 PM

Most people can't afford to pay their cars off in under 10 years!
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:24:27 PM

Most people I know cannot afford one even if they need one because of the economy. It's pretty sad.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:22:54 PM

This is short of my wait. I go up to 17 years or until the vehicle nickles and dimes me.
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:20:12 PM

Depends price!!!!!
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abcdMA
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:19:34 PM

my vehicles are 17 and 14 model years old, and still running!
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treeguy
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:18:00 PM

I plan on waiting infinitely to buy a new car.
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txkrb
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:17:43 PM

I always but new and never have major repair issues,
My stepson buys used (1-2 yrs old)and has problems with most of them he buys
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:17:37 PM

The only reason I didn't wait until the 10 year mark was because I couldn't take driving a manual any more, after 14 years...also I knew I would be able to get a great interest rate...thanks to the "housing market"...my credit was going into the toilet which ment i would have ended up paying way way way more than 2% interest...
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:17:36 PM

I'm driving a 2001 F-150 extended cab with 120000 plus miles and doesn't use any oil and has a great air conditioner. I don't plan on replacing it and expect it to outlast me.
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Bonito
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:16:55 PM

Why buy a new one if the old one works and runs well! I can buy a lot of gas with a car payment! Lower the price with all the health car and retirement that car companies took away!
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DEG
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:15:26 PM

I plan on keeping my vehicles at least until they have 250K miles (between 15 and 20 years).
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txkrb
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:15:20 PM

I waited 10 years last time, and I am starting to look at replacing my current vehicle which is 10 years old
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petrpuck
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:15:10 PM

yup. never buy new. Drive til they die
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naiiawah
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 10:14:52 PM

Waiting more than 10 years to get a "new to me", but otherwise used car in my case.
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