How old is your current car? And when do you plan to replace it?

(126 Posts)
Earlybird Mon 06-Aug-12 19:55:00

And when you replace it, are you likely to buy new or used?

Just curious as I read a stat that says the average age of a passenger car in the US is 11 years - which seems quite old.

Wonder if we run our cars for a similar amount of time?

AngryFeet Mon 06-Aug-12 19:56:00

10 years old. We will replace it when it finally croaks it. It still runs fine with few problems and I can't afford a new car.

Mine's about 10 years old but quite good condition.

I'll be replacing it rather soon (with another used) because I HAVE A JOB! wooo.

topbannana Mon 06-Aug-12 19:57:47

15 years old (but a Land Rover so technically not "old") Will replace only when he finally gives up the ghost or we win the lottery hmm

watto1 Mon 06-Aug-12 19:58:11

4 years old. Will replace it when it falls to pieces. Only got it because my previous car (12 years old) would have cost more to get through the MOT than it was worth.

BellaVita Mon 06-Aug-12 19:58:15

My car will be 3 years old in Oct. DH asked if I would like another one for Xmas, I said YES grin.

His car will be 3 years old in Oct, he will keep his for another few years yet.

AppleCrumbleAndFish Mon 06-Aug-12 19:59:07

Mine is 12 years old. Definitely the oldest car in our street so not usual round here to keep them for so long. It's just been serviced and passed its MOT. DD1 just passed her test and she drives it too. We wouldn't insure her to drive DHs car so we'll keep it until time for it to be crushed.

pantaloons Mon 06-Aug-12 19:59:18

One is a 39 year old Landy the other everyday car is a Y plate. It will stay with us until it dies!

RedWhiteAndBlu Mon 06-Aug-12 20:00:05

4 or 5 years old - I very much hope it will last a long time, and I would never buy a new car, I think. Waste of money.

MrsJohnDeere Mon 06-Aug-12 20:00:11

Both 4 years old. Will replace one in the next few weeks as it no longer suits our driving needs. Probably keep the other for a couple more years, replacing when expensive things start to go wrong with it.

watto1 Mon 06-Aug-12 20:00:57

Sorry - will probably get a car less than 2 years old when we replace unless we see a very good offer on a brand new one. Bizarrely, out current car was brand new and cost less than a 2 year old car of the same make and model. The brand new was on a 0% APR and the 2 year old was on 22% APR so over 2 years it was cheaper to get the new one confused

TeamGBIWI Mon 06-Aug-12 20:01:14

11 years old and starting to cost us a fortune - I'm buying a 'new' one when we get back from holiday. I'm aiming to buy a low mileage, used car, probably no more than a year or so old.

TheCunningStunt Mon 06-Aug-12 20:02:08

DPs is 9 years old, mine is just over a year old. Will replace the old one when it dies....I will then give dp mine and get an almost new one again....if DPs dies in about 5 years. If hers dies sooner we will just buy another runaround as she only uses it to commute. Mine is a family car and we do a LOT of traveling so wanted a newer car for safety.

EclecticShock Mon 06-Aug-12 20:02:50

12 yrs old, love it... Will keep it as long as we can.

In the US they don't have MOTs the same as we do, I think.

Our cars are 12 years old and 7 years old. We are planning to sell them both asap and buy one brand new one (to replace the big newer one) and one second hand one (to replace the little older one).

piratecat Mon 06-Aug-12 20:04:08

15 yr old vw, will just keep her going, she's fine atm!!

NettOlympicSuperstar Mon 06-Aug-12 20:04:26

Not answering myself, as such, as I have a motability car which will be renewed every three years, but my parents replaced their cars every two years.
One got one one year, and the other the next.
My Dad's 88 and still favours newer cars. He bought himself a brand new one at Easter, to replace his 2yr old one.

HappyCamel Mon 06-Aug-12 20:04:41

9, it's a BMW and will last for years. Owning a Renault over 5 years old cost me a fortune though and I bought it new so lost over £10k in depreciation and repairs in 6 years. When this BMW dies I'll replace it with another old one, it works out much cheaper in the long run and they're lovely to drive.

MirandaWest Mon 06-Aug-12 20:05:50

Mines 7 years old. Will keep it until it stops. Got it when it was a year old. Bought new once but wouldn't do that again.

TheFowlAndThePussycat Mon 06-Aug-12 20:06:13

6yr old zafira, which we have driven into the ground in the last three years. It has had major work (£1k +) in the last year, drinks diesel & costs a lot to insure. I would replace it tomorrow if DH would agree.

I remember my dad keeping our cars running for years & years, but you just can't DIY with modern cars in the same way. I want a new car for the warrantee more than anything.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 06-Aug-12 20:07:22

7 years, will run it into ground.

They don't have MOTs in the States, probably why they can get away with older cars. Have you never seen "Pimp my Ride" no seatbelts, doors not there, dodgy brakes...

Pascha Mon 06-Aug-12 20:09:12

13 years. I would love to replace it by next year but if we do it will be for something only a few years newer. No cash for anything modern.

Nannyto2 Mon 06-Aug-12 20:12:09

14 years old - perfect little runner. Will be upgrading when I have the money or it gives up

fledtoscotland Mon 06-Aug-12 20:15:38

My car is an 11yr old Volvo with 43k miles. Immaculate condition. Transports kids and bikes. No plans to change

PippiL Mon 06-Aug-12 20:16:53

8 nearly 9 years old VW.

Starting to get worried about it, but really it's still going strong. Will replace in a couple of years maybe.

lambethlil Mon 06-Aug-12 20:19:23

New -well newish as original owner ordered it, went off it and traded it in, so a third off new price and 700 miles on the clock. Was planning to keep the one before for ever but new MOT rules mean that any lights, even advisory have to be fixed- we were looking at £2500 to fix 4yo car sad I have a feeling the MOT rule, due to be implemented early 2013 will be quietly dropped.

MarysBeard Mon 06-Aug-12 20:20:32

2005...when it dies

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Mon 06-Aug-12 20:21:23

My car is a nine year old VW estate. Had from new, low mileage, immaculate condition, like fled transports kids, dogs, garden waste, firewood, you name it. Lovely car, will probably keep it another couple of years or so but then probably get something a bit newer. It's never failed an Mot yet though so no good excuse to trade up yet.

toboldlygo Mon 06-Aug-12 20:22:30

My last car (recently stolen sad) was 19 years old. The replacement is 10 years old and will stay with me until it's too uneconomical to repair. I choose once and choose wisely!

MsRinky Mon 06-Aug-12 20:23:21

I've got a 45 year old VW, they live forever. Might trade my 3 year old Fiat in soon though.

our current car is 6 years old and we're planning to buy another one asap, but only because we want a 7 seater.

new car is likely to be the same age, or maybe a year or so newer, but not much as can't afford it!

if i had my way though we'd be driving around in a 40 yr old camper van grin

droves Mon 06-Aug-12 20:23:48

I've got a lovely 8 year old jaguar .

It drinks petrol like crazy , is expensive for parts , but is stupidly low to insure .

I lurves it , but will get rid next year when the warranty runs out .

Prior to that I had a 10 year old corsa .

Dh has a 7 year old Renault ...he's going to swap it soon for something less expensive to keep on the road ...probably a BMW or Volkswagen. Repair costs on renaults are mental .

Is 1.5 years old. Dh is 5 years old and time to change it now.
We never have them older than 5 years cos then they are worth practically nothing and tend to cost money.
We change one or the other car probably every year if not more.

Sorry dh's car is 5 years old. Not him; that would be weird

14 years old. I'll replace it when I win the lottery! It runs perfectly well, has low road tax and low fuel consumption. It's got me to work every day through the horrible snow of the last few years. I feel like it would be wasteful to spend money on something to do exactly the same job.

Having said that, when I win the lottery my feelings might just change!

Knittingshouldbeanolympicsport Mon 06-Aug-12 20:29:32

Currently driving a '97 (P) Volvo estate with at least 250k on the. Ock, bought second hand as my lovely Astra was written off in a shunt just before dd turned 1. It will need replacing soon as only scrapped an mot this year. Will Have to buy used, but not sure how we will afford it hmm.
Dh has a 8 year old Renault which he loves and I hate am not allowed to drive, but it is an improvement on his previous car, an mgf sports car, not ideal for a family of 4 grin

eurochick Mon 06-Aug-12 20:32:00

7 yrs. Bought it second hand about 3 years ago. We will replace it when Mr euro finally gets around to passing his test as it is a sports car and not an ideal car for a new driver. I will cry when it goes as I loves it.

We will probably replace it with something a couple of years old.

youarewinning Mon 06-Aug-12 20:33:05

Made it to 14 years and went to the metal park in the sky at the weekend/ grin

Looking at used cars - will probably be buying one thats 9/10 years old!

Not a big distance driver though so do less than 6000miles a year and will be buying one with 80/90k on clock.

HecateHarshPants Mon 06-Aug-12 20:34:53

It's about 7 years old (but serviced every 10,000 miles etc, so in really good nick.) I'll keep it until it falls to bits and then see what I can get.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Mon 06-Aug-12 20:40:14

14yo, will keep it until it dies (been pretty solid so far, touch wood)

We'd probably buy a second car before we used money to upgraded the one we've got.

epeesarepointythings Mon 06-Aug-12 20:40:49

Ours is 11 years old, serviced regularly and checked over, we've had it for almost 4 years now and it has never done anything bad other than the usual brake pads, tyres, bulbs etc.
I've found with all my cars that sticking to the service schedule does make a difference in terms of preventing unpleasant surprises.

It's worth peanuts, so as soon as it does anything major it will go and be replaced by something second hand about 4 years old.

Whitamakafullo Mon 06-Aug-12 20:41:00

My car celebrates its first birthday this month. It's the first ever brand new car I've owned and I love it:-)

evilgiraffe Mon 06-Aug-12 20:47:55

Mine is an eleven year old Renault Clio. I love it, I don't want it to ever die! It was FILs midlife crisis car, but he never drove it so we bought it off him a few years ago. It's a hot hatch and has turned me into a petrolhead...

When it gives up the ghost we'll almost certainly get a used car - the depreciation of a new car is just not worth it unless it's something really special.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Mon 06-Aug-12 20:58:55

I forgot to say that I would never buy new. I just don't think it's good value at all.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 06-Aug-12 21:03:13

was new in 2005 it has done 55,000 miles, has a couple of manufacturing faults that get on my tits but engineering wise it is in great condition and tere is no reason to change it.
(aside from the fact that it fucking leaks and after heavy rain there is a puddle in the footwell!!!!!!)

CharlotteBronzeySaurus Mon 06-Aug-12 21:04:45

i have a 2005 Citroën, which i intend to grind into the ground.
on the sad day when it does finally die, i will buy another 3 yo Citroën

rogersmellyonthetelly Mon 06-Aug-12 21:05:55

<1 year old. Will replace when warranty expires as it costs a bloody fortune to fix and something goes wrong regularly on it!

TeamGBsometimes Mon 06-Aug-12 21:07:11

11 years. I will replace it if it costs more than £500 to get through its MOT.

It still runs nicely though. It's a small car and I love its nippiness. My dd1 is nearly 6 foot tall, so my next car will need more back leg room, but I really don't want to drive a tank.

We have a 10 yr old Toyota Yaris, it was 2 yrs when we bought it.

We will probably run it into the ground keep it until it starts getting unreliable. Unless I get a significant job that requires me to drive, in which case it would become our 2nd car.

We've never had a brand new car...

gallifrey Mon 06-Aug-12 21:11:34

I have always had really old cars but decided to get a new car in 2008, I had that until this year so it was 4 yrs old but then had to get a bigger car so have now got an 11 plate ex demo car.
So nice not to worry about getting an MOT or if anything goes wrong it's covered by the warranty.

whojamaflip Mon 06-Aug-12 21:12:32

13 year old Zafira which I LOATHE angry Bloody thing sailed through the MOT last week which means I'm stuck with it for another year sad

Millie1 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:13:17

4yr old Galaxy. No idea when we'll replace it but very disappointed that we have spent £1k on repairs to get it through the MOTand two tyres so far this year. It now needs another tyre at around £170, is due a service next week and, I suspect, needs a part replaced which costs £500. It gets serviced when it should. Am well browned off. Only 45k miles on it. Boo to Ford!

jojane Mon 06-Aug-12 21:15:55

Mine is 13 years old and sounds like it is going to give up any minute now but can't afford a new(er) one and too scared to take it to garage in case I can't afford the bill for any work needed (probably a lot by the sounds of it, sounds like a tank!)
We live in an affluent area and seems like everyone else drives brand new 4x4s or people carriers, makes it even more embarrassing to be driving around in a clapped out mondeo with a huge dent in the side(my husbands fault not mine!)

openerofjars Mon 06-Aug-12 21:16:27

My 9yo Punto just died - the engine boiled over and buggered the electrics, I am informed. I think that's what happened, anyway - and I have my eye on a much nicer 08 plate Corsa.

Mmm, air con, electric windows, functioning radio...

mummmsy Mon 06-Aug-12 21:16:53

14 years old - when the rust no longer holds it together grin

ginmakesitallok Mon 06-Aug-12 21:18:45

I just got a "new" car in March - its Jan 11. I tend to keep cars til they cost too much to fix - last one we got rid of was about 7 years old but had 150k on clock. Would never buy a brand new car - have always tended to buy ex demos or 1-2 year olds.

Aquelven Mon 06-Aug-12 21:19:59

43 years old.
It's a 1969 classis Austin Mini Cooper Mk2.
Had it from new, probably leave it in my will grin

But I also have a one year old Fiat 500 for daily use.

Aquelven Mon 06-Aug-12 21:21:10

Classic / auto correct blush

iknowwho Mon 06-Aug-12 21:25:05

Mine is 18 months and I will start looking round in another 6 months or so.
One of DH's is on a N reg (although it is an import) and we are thinking of changing that early next year as well.

He hasn't got any plans for his other cars though.

DuckingHell Mon 06-Aug-12 21:29:28

10year old Saab.

I love it. Will keep it till it's death. Or might consider handing it over to DH when his S reg 106 dies. But I will get another Saab for sure

ivykaty44 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:30:54

06/02/1998 is the DOB of my little red baby smile

you can't talk about changing her hmm she isn't a baby who wears a nappy you know.

She is sensitive so we wouldn't talk abut hose type of things

ivykaty44 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:31:58

Aquelven I remember that year well - the man landing on the moon mostly though not your car being made grin

teahouse Mon 06-Aug-12 21:35:51

I had to check as all I know is it's a 54 plate - makes it around 8 1/2 years old. My previous car was 10 years so I'll keep this until at least that age. It does 36mpg+ so is Ok mileage wise

BigusBumus Mon 06-Aug-12 21:36:05

Less than a year old. I love it.

TheWalkingDead Mon 06-Aug-12 21:37:09

Ours is a 10 year old MG - eats petrol, but I do love the power it delivers. It goes ok for ages then the bloody exhaust will have a hole in it, and something else will break and then it will cost a fortune. The insurance is ok, considering it's Group 17 or something ridiculous.

We would like to get a smaller, more economical car now the DCs are a bit bigger and we will be able to go out without pushchairs and all that crap. It will probably be a used car as we really wouldn't be able to afford the repayments on a new one and definitely couldn't buy outright.

bunnybing Mon 06-Aug-12 21:37:55

nearly 10 yrs old - will replace it when it becomes a PITA, but it's fine at the mo, just a little, ahem, untidy inside.

Mine is a 12 plate and i will get a new one when 15 plates come out or 80k miles, which ever comes first.... Work car grin

dubz Mon 06-Aug-12 21:39:32

9 year old family MPV, 7 year old commuting small car for dh and a 40 year old VW to play with. Maybe changing the MPV next year as it's a crapheap. Fiat Ulysses, don't buy one you have been warned!

I'm surprised how many people have 5years+ cars on here. When I drive around town almost everyone seems to be driving 60 plates or newer!

bisjolympics Mon 06-Aug-12 21:40:14

One month old. It replaced my previous car which I'd had for 10 years and that replaced a 9 year old car. No car salesman is ever going to retire on my car purchases! I will keep this one for 9 or 10 years.

perplexedpirate Mon 06-Aug-12 21:40:54

7 years old but very good condition and ridiculously low mileage.
No plans to replace any time soon.

ivykaty44 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:41:42

gish my little red baby only eats 42-44 mpg

RunningUpThatHill Mon 06-Aug-12 21:43:22

10 years old,

Dont know when we will get a new one. When we did though it would never be a new one. The newest I will ever get (unless I win the lottery and become mega rich) will be at least a year old. Realistically if we were to get another car it would probably be at least 7 or 8 years old. Depends what £1000 would get us TBH

QueenofPlaids Mon 06-Aug-12 21:45:50

Mine is 7 small car, drives like the day I bought it pre-reg back in 2005. And it's a cabriolet smile Honestly thought I'd have replaced it by now and could afford to, but as I do a very low mileage it's just not a priority. Add to that it costs buttons to run & maintain, otherwise might well have got rid as I don't commute by car very often. I keep it because it's cheaper to maintain than replace iyswim.

DP's is 8 & is the work horse for all our house renovations. He has recently started commuting by train, so we may not need 2 cars at all. Either way, we are planning on running this one into the ground.

Mine is 7 yrs old but with 130k on the clock, but keeps going and is so cheap to run that I can't bring myself to look for something else, £30 tax a year and £16 a month fully comp insurance. 1.4 tdci fiesta.
Oh's is 9 yrs old and also 120k on the clock with various things falling off. We will probably replace his first, we will need a 7 seater next year. Won't buy new though, waste of money.

Ours is 11 yrs old I think not sure as it came with private plates on. Its low mileage, well cared for, full history yada yada and we only got it this year after selling the bastard zafira which was newer. Its a multipla and perfect for us so it will have to die a serious death to be let go, and then we'd get another.

Chocoholiday Mon 06-Aug-12 21:47:32

22 years old - our one and only Mercedes from 1990. Runs like a beauty still, with lots of TLC. Not exactly a status symbol, but it's like riding around in an enormous, comfy armchair. DH is passionately in love with it - I occasionally dream of something with air conditioning.

Pixel Mon 06-Aug-12 22:34:55

15 year old Renault, I'll keep it as long as I can as it's great to drive and tows well. Mind you, I like it a lot better in the summer than the winter as it leaks and the heating doesn't always work grin. We will replace it with whatever we can afford when the time comes, but it certainly won't be new.

11, with 140,000 miles on the clock. We bought new while we still had two incomes before dd1 was born. We've been shocked, but delighted, it's got through the last two MOTs. When it doesn't we'll replace it with a used one.

emess Mon 06-Aug-12 22:59:43

11 yo Peugeot, runs well, a real work-horse. Never lets me down. It has a 1.8 litre engine but DD learnt to drive in it and still uses it when required. Ds learnign to drive in it now.
8 yo Renault Espace, 7-seater diesel, lovely to drive but expensive to run. Being sold very soon if you want one grin
3 yo Peugeot, bought for me to replace 11 yo Peugeot which we thought we'd sell but never got round to. Peugeots seem to be more reliable - and certainly cheaper to run - than the Renault.
Never bought new, always slightly used, ie under 2 yo, ut not planning to replace anything soon.

EclecticShock Mon 06-Aug-12 23:06:03

Chico, hope our car lasts that long!

openerofjars Mon 06-Aug-12 23:06:37

Okay, now look here. My poor, sad Punto had less than 60,000 miles on the clock but is only fit for the knackers yard. We had it for about five years. It's only 9yo. Are Fiats a bit shit or am I a horrible car owner? sad

EclecticShock Mon 06-Aug-12 23:07:53

Italian cars? smile

ArthurandGeorge Mon 06-Aug-12 23:11:56

8 years old. Will pay £700 at the end of the week for new clutch inc flywheel turbo?? and brake pads and discs.

Will hopefully get a lease car from work by the end of the year.

openerofjars Mon 06-Aug-12 23:21:48

Ouch, Arthur.

My garage said that Fiat stands for Fix It Again Tomorrow. They do the odd freebie for me (like fixing the horn last week) because, and I quote, "It'll be something else up with it next week". How right they were.

Plus, I drive like a total wanker.

hiddenhome Mon 06-Aug-12 23:33:03

I have just got one and it's three years old. I save up money each month to put towards another one when this one's paid off (I borrowed the money from dh) which will take about three years.

Opener, our multiplas doing good, but I've met a lot of people who've said the same fiat got that one right even if it is ugly, 3 friends had puntos they were all bastard cars. The ultimate bastard car is the peugeot 307.

Pandemoniaa Tue 07-Aug-12 00:33:48

Exceedingly old Polo (R reg) which is boring but reliable. We bought it from an elderly family member who'd had to stop driving and despite being several years old then, it had almost no mileage on it and a full service history. Previous owner had used it once a week to drive a mile down the road to Waitrose and back!

This year's MOT may decide its fate though. So far it has sailed through but it has certainly reached the age when it isn't worth spending much on. We're thinking of leasing as an alternative.

chinley Tue 07-Aug-12 00:36:54

8yr old Mazda RX8, 45,000 miles. Bought just over a year ago at 26,000 miles. Love it & will keep it until it dies.

duchesse Tue 07-Aug-12 00:54:07

One car (a Corsa) is 13 years old, has done 50,000 miles. Still going strong with a few minor repairs here and there. Will keep it till it dies.

Other car is a Ford Galaxy, now 5 years old. Has done 60,000 miles (we use it for our European road trips) In very good nick, will also keep till it dies. Its predecessor died at nearly 14 years old.

duchesse Tue 07-Aug-12 00:56:18

Ps: a friend has a 28 year old Nissan still going very strong. Costs her virtually nothing every MOT and very cheap to tax.

Chocoholiday Tue 07-Aug-12 09:42:11

Ah the multipla - have heard it's sturdy buy it sure is bugly. Like one of those deep water fish that never sees sunlight.

NCIS Tue 07-Aug-12 09:50:28

One car is ten years old and have just bought it, the others are 15+ years old and have just passed one on to my daughter, the other we will keep until it gives up the ghost. All our cars have been reliable and do not cost a lot in maintenance even though we have them serviced every 6k.

W reg - however old that is. It's a lovely drive so not sure when I'll get a new one.

9 year old micra with nearly 100k on the clock, and a 10 year old scenic which I hate but still staggers through MOTs.

I'm currently looking for a REALLY old micra for my son's first car as he has just passed his testsmile

We keep our cars until they drop dead...

9 years. Will need replacing soon. It's crap.

Going for a German car next time. .

zlist Tue 07-Aug-12 09:58:42

6 yr old Peugeot 207. Will probably replace it with a new Mercedes A or B class within the next year, this change is definitely driven by DH - I think my car is fine. DH drives a new car.

Hmm, although our cars are younger than a lot of yours, they've probably done more miles. Our 7 year old diesel car has done 125k and then 12 year old petrol one around 90k. That's why they both need replaced.

Plus the 7yo is a Saab so we'd need to remortgage to replace the clutch.

wankpants Tue 07-Aug-12 10:24:24

10 years old, will keep until it dies. I can't afford a new one, and this one (touch wood) has been very reliable - plus it's at the point where I'd only get a few hundred for it. If I won the lottery I'd love a reconditioned old beetle and campervan.

TruthSweet Tue 07-Aug-12 10:38:08

DH had a J reg Ford Granada (lovely car, she liked doing 60 round roundabouts though!) which was replaced in 2004, with a Y reg Mazda Premacy diesel who didn't like doing 60 round roundabouts but could easily take Ditchling Hill in her sleep grin which we replaced this year sad with a VW Caddy Maxi Life 7 seater van conversion for baby no.4 (can't remember the reg though - poss 58?).

Our cars seem to last 12 years then get too uneconomical to repair so a 'new' car is forth coming.

phlebas Tue 07-Aug-12 10:54:13

12 year old volvo, well over 100,000 miles. We'll need to replace it in about 5 years when children are too big to be squeezed in - but I'd happily keep it until it dies.

Last car was a newer galaxy which we exchanged our last ancient volvo for - it was shit & lasted about 6 months before we got current ancient volvo. Would never buy a new car.

NCIS Tue 07-Aug-12 11:18:41

Good heavens all my cars have done over 90k and are still going strong, we had a cavalier that had done 140k and was only dumped when a car ran into it and wrote it off.
I expect all my cars to do at least 125k++

My car is 12 years old, I will be keeping it until it dies. It is regularly serviced and reliable (touch wood) but worth nothing for trade in/sale because it is a filthy heap with loads of minor scratches on the bodywork.

notcitrus Tue 07-Aug-12 11:32:23

12 year old Vauxhall. Debated selling it last year but figured it was running well and don't have money for newer car. So of course have spent £1000 in last few months on repairs etc. What happened to reliable cars around £1500 - everything is either scrap or over £3k!

It's average age for a car on our street. American cars can last longer as the air is drier and no salt in the air.

glammanana Tue 07-Aug-12 12:07:51

I've had mine for the past three years and have no plans to change it,it was 3yrs old when I bought it,its an Audi TT and has replaced my DCs in the pecking order I really love that motor,even though the weather this year means that the hood has not been down I don't care,I have always had an Audi used to have the 100cd when the children where small and it lasted years never ever let me down and always started first time.DH has his eye on Bentley in local showroom if we win the lottery at the week-end he keeps looking at it and says "glamma" when are you going to select the correct 6 numbers.??

I've just bought a 13 year old Volvo, lovely car, won't be replacing it until it dies, which will hopefully be a while as we look after our cars very well.

We've also got a ten year old RX8 that we love and will not replace and a 17 year old MX5 that will also hopefully never go. That would be a very sad day.

I have got a 12yr old Daewoo Matiz. It is currently at my dads having a new exhaust fitted before it's MOT on Thursday.
If it fails I shall not be buying a new car as I don't have the money sad

If I could buy a new one then i'd get something like a Citroen Picasso or Nissan Almera Tino.

Trouble is, my dad knows everything about cars and that means he knows alot of the common faults. Everytime I mention a car to him he says 'pile of shit'.

wisecamel Sun 19-Aug-12 16:08:18

I have a 9 year old vauxhall astra which I have had for 5 years. I love it and will keep it until the MOT costs are higher than I would spend buying another one, or until it is condemned by the garage (This was the fate of the last two of mine - I hold on to them as I hate buying cars). I would look to replace it with something identical but a bit newer.

wisecamel Sun 19-Aug-12 16:09:29

Nutcracker - my dad does that too grin

Shesparkles Sun 19-Aug-12 16:12:38

Mine is 6 years old and I've had it 4 years. I dont feel any urge to replace it as for some reason it still feels very new to me

workshy Sun 19-Aug-12 16:16:20

mine is 4 years old, bought it last year to replace my 13 year old zafira which was going to cost 2k to get through it's MOT

I generally keep cars until they cost more than they are worth to repair

Fay30 Fri 24-Aug-12 09:27:19

Our Land Cruiser in UK is about 7 years old.
As strong as an ox.
Driven it all around Europe.
Towed our 6 meter plus twin axle caravan, with ease, again all around Europe.
Makes short work of the sand dunes in Morocco smile
It is immaculate, and has never broke down, so we have no need or wish to change it.

Nightwish Fri 24-Aug-12 09:32:04

12 years old.
I love it.

I will only upgrade if it dies, or I have enough money to buy the newer version.
(But only if I can tune it to be as fast as mine ;P)

Netheregions Fri 24-Aug-12 09:34:08

Mine 8 years old and a hand me down from Dp's mum - Dp's 3 years in Oct.

lynniep Fri 24-Aug-12 09:44:14

Our 'workhorse' is nearly 10. Theres not much point in replacing her (nissan Tino) unless frequent faults start developing. Only done 59k. Does use a lot of petrol, but doesnt do a lot of miles, so for the cost of replacing with a much newer car, it still wouldnt be worth it.

I'd replace our 2nd car in an instant if we could afford it - hideous thing. Fiat Grande punto. Nothing but trouble. And only 6 years old. We may have to as DH is supposed to have a car less than 5 for work purposes, but just dont have any cash right now.

Fay30 Sat 25-Aug-12 04:34:25

lynniep Fri 24-Aug-12 09:44:14

I'd replace our 2nd car in an instant if we could afford it - hideous thing. Fiat Grande punto. Nothing but trouble. And only 6 years old. We may have to as DH is supposed to have a car less than 5 for work purposes, but just dont have any cash right now.

But doesn't that mean that DH is getting additional money for using his own car?
I guess he has opted out of the "Company car scheme" ?
Perhaps good to start saving that additional money to put towards a replacement?


ettiketti Sat 25-Aug-12 05:06:14

Changed mine this week. Old one was 9years old, sold as too big now and started to cost money. New one 15mths old, exactly 50% of the price of the new one they wanted to sell us. We pointed out the maths wink. Expect to have it another 9 years!

Beckamaw Wed 29-Aug-12 00:29:34

10 year old Discovery, 110,000 miles on the clock. Excellent car.
Will probably replace it with another one day!

SmallWhiteWine Wed 29-Aug-12 00:34:08

8 months - and yes, will prob replace that with new at 3 years. But I am also looking to buy a landrover, and want a second hand one of those! Depends purely on the make'

SummerRain Wed 29-Aug-12 00:39:08

11 years old and dying a slow undignified death.

Will buy another secondhand as soon as we have some cash as I'm effectively stranded atm... Closest shop is 5 miles away and my car is barely managing that atm.

NicolasGirl Wed 29-Aug-12 00:51:26

5year old SLK. Beautiful car and I love it, despite my bill for nearly £800 today -don't ask!
I certainly won't be selling it anytime soon.

M0naLisa Wed 29-Aug-12 01:02:22

Ours is 11 years old only got it in May. Love it don't plan on replacing it yet

lljkk Wed 29-Aug-12 15:26:38

Since this thread started with mention of USA, I have to make an observation: a lot of the USA is dry climate. It's easy to keep cars going in low rain areas. Large indoor garages that are easy to use are also common (doors to British garages are mostly too small). My aunt in Alaska has a heated garage for her car. 20+ year old bangers are not uncommon in California. Also, some (?many) states have no equivalent of MOT, so fewer controls about what gets driven on the road.

superwhizzynewlaptop Wed 29-Aug-12 16:48:09

15 year old Seat Ibiza, has done us very well but is showing it's age now. Hoping to replace it soon...

Fay30 Thu 30-Aug-12 13:48:06

Hi Nicolasgirl, _NicolasGirl Wed 29-Aug-12 00:51:26

5year old SLK. Beautiful car and I love it, despite my bill for nearly £800 today -don't ask!
I certainly won't be selling it anytime soon._ In total, we haven't spent £800 on our Land Cruiser, which has nearly 250,000 miles on the clock.
Just regular service's.


bureni Thu 30-Aug-12 13:56:24

My work car is a 1994 Volvo estate with only 197 k on the clock so its just about run in now and I would expect to reach 400-500 k with little to no trouble. My "good " car is a 1998 sporty volvo estate with 156k so no plans to change either in the next 5 years.

kellestar Fri 31-Aug-12 17:11:41

My current car, Renault Megane is 11 years old and over the weekend will tick over 90,000 miles. I plan on keeping this one until it dies. It was purchased second hand when it was 3 years old with 8,000 miles on the clock.

When I replace it we will look around, I like the look of the Skoda Yeti and DH wants to replace it with the Citroen Berlingo Multispace [he has the berlingo van and loves it]. it's likely it'll be a nearly new purchase. I just hate the idea of buying brand new as it depreciates so quick.

I have two other vehicles, that are mainly used for Jolly's but were our regular use cars until work installed speed bumps and I couldn't get up the drive in my 1964 Triumph Spitfire as it grazed every single one of them. DH's regular use vehicle is a 1952 Landrover 80" series one, until he got a works van.

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