On average how long do you keep your car for?

On average how long do you keep your car for?

  • <6 months

    Votes: 14 2.8%
  • 6-12 months

    Votes: 45 8.9%
  • 1-2 years

    Votes: 92 18.3%
  • 2-4 years

    Votes: 183 36.4%
  • >5 years

    Votes: 118 23.5%
  • 4-5 years

    Votes: 51 10.1%

  • Total voters
    503

wemorgan

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On average how long do you keep your car for?

Please vote :)

edit: oops made an error with the poll options. There's a gap of 4-5 years. Oh well.
Admins: if you're feeling generous please edit option 4 to read 2-5 years. Thanks.
 
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renault12ts

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In 35 years of car ownership/keepership I've had 17 cars...so a very little over 2 years .
 

MOCAŠ

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In 29 years of car ownership/keepership I've had 14 cars... so 7.25 years on average.

Longest kept is 27 years (and counting), shortest was six months.
 

renault12ts

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In 29 years of car ownership/keepership I've had 14 cars... so 7.25 years on average.

Longest kept is 27 years (and counting), shortest was six months.
?? just over 2 surely?
 

MOCAŠ

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?? just over 2 surely?
Nope:

Car 1: 2 years
Car 2: 0.5 years
Car 3: 27 years
Car 4: 2 years
Car 5: 21 years
Car 6: 1 year
Car 7: 17 years
Car 8: 3 years
Car 9: 4 years
Car 10: 10 years
Car 11: 2 years
Car 12: 7 years
Car 13: 1 year
Car 14: 4 years

Averge: 7.25 years
 

renault12ts

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Nope:

Car 1: 2 years
Car 2: 0.5 years
Car 3: 27 years
Car 4: 2 years
Car 5: 21 years
Car 6: 1 year
Car 7: 17 years
Car 8: 3 years
Car 9: 4 years
Car 10: 10 years
Car 11: 2 years
Car 12: 7 years
Car 13: 1 year
Car 14: 4 years

Averge: 7.25 years

OK.

So what have you had for 27 years?
 

WOODYTHEWISE

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I am on my 63rd 64th car. Passed my driving test for cars aged 20, thats 40 years of driving. Worthy of note is that at times I have had more than one car. Also had several motor bikes and a trike.
 

A150

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When i buy a car I hope that I have made the right choice first time. Because I know if I haven't. Then I'm stuck with it for a number of years before I can afford to replace it with another.

So I tend to think carefully before putting my signature on to the dotted line.
 

SPX

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As Morrissey once sang;

"Six months is a long time" :)
 

Palfrem

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Nope:

Car 1: 2 years
Car 2: 0.5 years
Car 3: 27 years
Car 4: 2 years
Car 5: 21 years
Car 6: 1 year
Car 7: 17 years
Car 8: 3 years
Car 9: 4 years
Car 10: 10 years
Car 11: 2 years
Car 12: 7 years
Car 13: 1 year
Car 14: 4 years

Averge: 7.25 years
The power of statistics
 

Colin_b

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50+ cars in 40 years of driving, including owing 2 or 3 at a time. Ones I like a year or so, otherwise a couple of months.

Longest I've owned a car is 4 years 8 months, my current SLK. My C320 I've had 9 months, and I suspect I'll change that in the next 3 to 6 months. Probably:)
 

ringway

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I tend to buy what I know I'll be content with, often spending more to get the right model and specification. This works well for me.

The last three to leave are:

S210 320CDI - 4years.

Sprinter 313CDI - 7.5 years.

Vauxhall Omega 3.0 Elite - 11 Years.



I'm more than happy with my Vito 120 sport (shame about the rust though) and can't envisage selling it within the next 10 years.
 

neilz

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Until 1989 (that cheerful stock-market incident...) a year, two at most. Then

Rolls Royce Silver Spirit 2 for 6 years
Mercedes 560SEC for 3 years (bought at 6 years old, somehow piston rings went after just 9 years so sold it on after threats people would report me to environmental health due to the almighty smoke clouds)
Jeep Wrangler 4.0 Limited for 8 years (bought at 1 year old for £16000, sold for £800 with failed ECU and resultant knackered engine)
Mercedes C200 for 4 years (bought at 8 years old for £2000, common W202 ECU failure, sold for £350)
Mercedes E220 for 5 years (bought at 11 years old for £1500, got too rusty, sold for £1000)
Mercedes S320L current (bought at 14 years old for £1100)
 

GP801

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Tend to keep mine a long time. Currently CLK 9 years, SLK 7 years, 124 only 3 years. Longest so far was a BMW E28 which I had for 13 years. Shortest was an early 203 which was so unreliable it had to go.
 

mika

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In 35 years of car ownership/keepership I've had 17 cars...so a very little over 2 years .
In 35 years of motoring i have had 24 cars so similar to above
ive had some nice ones :D...and some not so nice :rolleyes:

given that one or two were short lived and one or two were additional cars
i'd say "just under two years"
 

merc-c

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in 29 years I have had 9 cars.
The longest time was a Citron zx td. 9 years
Mercedes since 2003
 

@MARK

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I used to drive a lot more on business than I do now so was having to change my car every 18 months or less.

When I bought my last car (the 335D) I thought I would keep it for 2 years and then change. I liked it so much I ended up keeping it for 4 years and 80,000 miles.

Somehow I can't see me keeping the current car for that long. Indeed I shudder to think the state it will be in after 4 years and 80,000 miles.
 

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