Chantilly Auto Repair

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How Long Do Cars Typically Last?

If you own a vehicle that is nearing its tenth or so year of life, you may be curious as to how long cars are meant to last. Cars do not have an expiration date, so when do you know that it's time to let them go? On average, a vehicle will last over 11 years on the road. With proper maintenance and attention, your vehicle can last even longer. Nevertheless, the lifespan will also depend upon the make, model, and year of your car and your driving habits. Newer model vehicles are expected to last even longer than older cars. However, we will see whether that holds true in the future. 


Research has shown that trucks and SUVs tend to last longer than other types of vehicles. Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, understanding the steps that you can take as an owner to extend your vehicle's lifespan is essential. 


Fun Fact: The oldest operating vehicle has been on the road for 48 whole years and has driven over 3 million miles. With that being said, anything is possible! 


Here are some tips that will help prolong your vehicle's life:

  • Drive less
  • Follow the recommended factory maintenance schedule
  • Use high-quality fluids
  • Change fluids regularly
  • Have routine inspections performed to catch issues early on
  • Clean and wash your vehicle frequently

The critical systems that need the most attention include the engine and transmission. The majority of issues that involve the engine or transmission can cost you thousands to repair, which can make you question whether or not you should just purchase a new vehicle.



At Foreign Auto Services Inc., we can give you the necessary maintenance that your vehicle needs. Our outstanding team will do what they can to ensure that your car remains dependable for years to come. Give us a call or visit our shop today! 

Our Address: 14512 Lee Rd. Ste C, D, E, Chantilly, VA 20151