When buying a car one of the things plaguing your mind must be how long you will be driving it. Actually, we have a question for you. How do you even measure the lifespan of your vehicle? Do you count how many times you had to take it to your mechanic to fix a malfunction? Do you try to remember the date you made the purchase and calculate how many years you have been driving it? Or do you look at the mileage on your dashboard and draw the conclusion based on that?
It is only natural that vehicle lifespan depends on multiple factors:
2) Class size,
3) Regular car maintenance,
4) Driving conditions, etc.
Having in mind that driving conditions in Canada are rough with periods of life-threatening in the winter, having a reliable vehicle is a crucial criterion in car buying. Year after year, studies are conducted telling us which cars are the most reliable and we should buy. For example, one from 2013 named the 10 cars and trucks Canadians buy while highlighting the fact that vehicle reliability is one of the top three reasons in deciding on a vehicle. Here are the top 10 cars sold in 2013 in Canada:
We know what you are going to say – things change, it’s been 4 years since that study and there are many new models on the car scene now!
While we absolutely agree with that reasoning, it turns out that the top 4 best-selling vehicles from 2013 hold those exact positions today! Take a look:
1. Honda Civic
3. Toyota Corolla
This means they must have done something right when making these cars, don’t you think? Well, let’s see how these models fare when it comes to their mileage and predicted time on the road:
This is the comparison between the top 4 cars sold in Canada in 2017 (so far). Bear in mind that the average lifespan of vehicles in Canada is over 10 years (and prolonging every year), we can safely say that when you reach 300,000 miles on your odometer and have been owning the car for at least half of the national average, you should start thinking about buying a new one.
Of course, the health of your car can be prolonged by regular maintenance. In fact, practically every car manufacturer has routine car maintenance as one of its conditions for the warranty to be valid (read why you shouldn’t ignore car maintenance in one of our previous blog posts). As long as you take good care of it, your vehicle will run the way it is supposed to for a long, long time.