What's the Longest You've Kept a Car?

Whether it’s because people are less able to afford new ones or because cars are, mechanically, lasting longer than they used to these days—or a combination of both—Americans are keeping their automobiles longer. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the average age of a car on the road last year was 12.1 years, the biggest that number has ever been. 

This got us wondering: What’s the longest you’ve ever kept a car?

Our 2000 Toyota Sienna, near the end of its life.

I personally haven’t been owning cars for long enough to have anything notable to share (I’ve only had my Honda S2000 for about three years). However, the 2000 Toyota Sienna my parents bought as our first new car in late 1999 lasted and was driven regularly until early 2018. It had survived a couple of minor accidents, seemingly endless scuffs and scratches, 18 Canadian winters, and not one, but two teenage drivers. In the end, I believe it was a rusted and damaged front suspension part that only cost a little less than the whole car was worth that prompted my folks to replace it with—you guessed it—a newer Toyota Sienna. 

Not-so-coincidentally perhaps, the Sienna recently placed fourth on iSeeCars‘ top 10 list of cars Americans keep for more than 15 years.

But what about you all? Whether it’s your first ride acquired in college that you’re still rocking to this day or a classic that’s been in your family for decades, what’s the longest you’ve ever kept a car?

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