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Strudelkugel writes: The average car on the road is 11.4 years old, according to Polk, a global automotive analysis firm, which reviewed 247 million light vehicles in the U.S. The age of cars has been gradually increasing since 2002, when the average car was 9.8 years old. Polk expects the trend to continue over the next five years. Automotive density is projected to decline to 77.5 cars per 100 people, down from 80 cars per 100 in 2007, according to Kelsey Mays of

Another study, from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, analyzed the reason for the decline in young driver licensing. Of the 618 unlicensed respondents aged 18-39, 26.9 percent said the main reason they did not get a license was “too busy or not enough time to get a driver’s license.”

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Why are younger people losing interest in cars?

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  • I don't think the fleet age is explained entirely by the lack of young drivers. One big factor is that cars are just lasting longer these days. As much as we all like to rag on the automotive industry, for the most part reliability has increased a great deal over the past few decades. It's not uncommon for a car to get over 100K miles with no major mechanical issues these days. Those of us who like to drive our cars into the ground before we get a new one are finding it more challenging to actually wear
  • Young people have no interest in cars because of the cost of owning a car, and the lack of stable jobs. Having a car means you have fuel, maintenance and insurance costs. It's just become too financially painful to own one in many places.

  • There is no where to go. Sunday drive is out to much traffic/insurance cost if something happens. Mall is out not necessary can buy on line vs cost of insurance if someone hits you involved in accident. Cost of gas vs the new major cost of food. For a young persons budget it just is not worth it. Once you dont have a car you arrange your life around not having a car once you do this no reason to stop just to add more debt to your life. Really bad news for car makers because once you past a point say 23-2
  • How about "shitty economy forces me to keep driving this old beater around instead of buying a new car" as a reason. Sounds a lot more valid than "not enough time to get a license" excuse.

  • My first two cars were American-made Pontiacs, and both were horrible. Both started falling apart around 70k miles. The first I bought in high school and I thought it was a fluke; for the second I learned my lesson.

    The third car I ever bought is still in my driveway, 11 years after purchase - and it was used at the time. It's reliable, and I still like it. I did buy a fourth car, a fancy sports car, and had it for a few years, but traded it in to get my wife something instead. Maybe in a few years I'll

  • Just wait for the next big oil crisis, due by the early 2020s at the latest. The vast majority of not-young-any-more people seem to refuse to believe reality. I guess they're too steeped in business-as-usual and propaganda.

  • There's a confluence of factors at play:

    The supply of decrepit hoopties, once the mainstay of teen transportation, has been choked off (pun intended) by expanded emissions inspections. Seriously, go to a Pick-A-Part junkyard and revel in now shiny and structurally sound all the junk cars are, compared to all the $500 beaters your friends drove in high school. Combined with the fact that new car prices have tracked above inflation for a generation, and it's unsurprising that the bottom end of inspect-able us

  • It's harder to get a license today and most young people don't until they're 18. Even then, their parents have to pay for their liability coverage.

    It's way more expensive to obtain and operate a vehicle than ever before. Most young people don't have incomes these days. Unless their parents provide them with a car, they don't have the money for one.

    All the kids seem interested in is their smart phones. Even when they are at the dinner table, they text incessantly. They don't drive to see each other. They sky

  • and I'm losing interest in cars.

    My bicycle gets me to work and back just fine. I've even decided to man up and ride when it's raining. Almost 13 miles a day round trip, and I see the miles on a bike as money not spent on gas. About 50 gallons saved mostly going to work and back since April. I can easily go a month and half between fill ups now and I really wish I didn't have to drive once every two weeks, but that's the way it works.

  • The people lost interest in cars when environmental protections were added in the 70s, along with efforts to improve fuel economy. The resultant cars were plastic, underpowered garbage, with new bugs, more expensive parts and less power.
    When the people lost control of their expensive
    love/hobby/utility, the divorce began.
    Details worsening over time include, K cars, Yugos, scads of recalls, disappearance of chrome, even cheaper plastic, even higher prices, even lower horsepower, leasing, unions, and ever mor

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