The experts (who are they, have you never met one?) have reported that the average lifespan of a vehicle is now nearly 12 years. They say it’s been a slow and steady climb over the past few decades as people hang onto their cars longer and longer.
At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we decided to pose the question—why are cars living longer?
That’s because today’s vehicles are smarter, better designed, and considerably better built than they were 20-30 years ago. Automated factories have led to cutting-edge high-precision manufacturing. Parts are much more reliable, and electric systems have now replaced mechanical systems that reduce breakdowns and enhance engine efficiency. Superior oil has changed intervals for oil changes from every three thousand miles to as high as every 15 thousand miles. In addition, new coolants can last the vehicle’s lifetime.
If you buy a new car today, you can count on 200,000 miles with a gas vehicle and up to 300,000 miles if you own an electric car.
Everyone knows that technology is the main reason for longer-lasting cars. Most improvements in efficiency, emissions, overall safety, reliability, and longevity are from primarily microprocessors, microcontrollers, and a series of extensive unseen networks onboard the vehicles themselves. Such improvements are truly increasing not only vehicles’ lifespans but also manufacturer warranties. 3 years, 36,000 miles used to be the standard, but ten-year, 100,000-mile warranties are becoming more common.
Electric cars also last longer than ever. 300,000 miles could be the standard for an electric car, because they feature engines with fewer moving parts, which reduces breakdowns in general, resulting in less maintenance and much longer lifespans (the same is true for hybrid vehicles as well). Tesloop, a Tesla taxi company, recently announced that one of their Model S cars passed the 400,000-mile mark, and the company reported that it expects the vehicle to last another 600,000 miles.
Here are some ways to make certain that your new car will last for 10-15 years:
- Choose a vehicle with advanced driver-assistance systems.
If you’re buying an automobile, consider getting adaptive cruise control and a collision-avoidance system that can reduce collisions.
- Invest in cutting-edge vehicle management systems.
Think of these as 24/7 on-the-job health monitors that offer a series of tips for improving fuel economy, alert you when you are driving way too fast, monitor the vehicle for trouble, and remind you of maintenance requirements.
- Pay careful attention to all of the distress signals.
When you receive an alert from your vehicle, don’t ever hope that it will go away. It is critically important to address problems as soon as they appear. Don’t ignore those lights on your dashboard.
- Choose the right mechanic.
New complex cars require skilled mechanics who comprehend electronics, engineering, and computers. So, always look for mechanics certified by organizations such as Automotive Service Excellence or shops.
If you follow these directives, your car can last you for many years and serve you well.