By Linda Lee

While automakers are enjoying robust sales of new cars and trucks in 2014, it would seem plenty of us continue to enjoy the same vehicle we’ve owned for more than a decade. I am one of those people as my 2002 F-150 here has over 245,000 miles and still runs great!
The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. remains at an all-time high of 11.4 years, according to IHS Automotive and its Polk subsidiary. While sales are strong, old cars are absolutely lasting longer.

I think if you do the regular maintenance, like oil changes as recommended, cars and trucks these days will easily get over 200,000 miles and still run great! I have had to buy a few sets of tires along with a few minor repairs done on my trusty old Ford F-15o pickup truck, but the only ‘expensive’ item was a new transmission a couple of years ago. It’s AWESOME in my opinion to be able to drive a vehicle without having a payment for years after you pay it off! One of the happiest days of my life was years ago, when I made the final payment on this first vehicle that I bought brand new back in 2002!

Would you rather buy a new car and not worry about repairs or drive an old one, with no payment, and risk expensive repairs?


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