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Average American Car Life Expectancy by Make

Today, most of us are bound to cars and can’t imagine ourselves living without a vehicle. So, it’s no wonder you want your car to last longer. While an average car lifespan is about 200,000 miles or 8 to 10 years, it still varies for different car manufacturers and models.

In the table below, you’ll find figures on average American car life expectancy by model so that you could estimate an approximate remaining service life of a vehicle when buying a used car.

MakeModelAverage Life Expectancy









up to 200,000



up to 250,000




up to 300,000


up to 200,000














up to 300,000



RAM Trucks

RAM 1500 Classic


RAM 1500 TRX


RAM 2500








up to 280,000

What Affects Car Life Expectancy

By and large, a car life expectancy calculator estimates the vehicle longevity based on the vehicle make and model, year, and mileage. Yet, there are more factors and aspects impacting the estimated mileage or lifespan of your car.

  • Car class: Overall, modern cars last longer than their predecessors. And the car class also matters. Higher-class cars are usually manufactured using higher quality parts and advanced technology, which results in a longer lifespan. It’s one of the reasons why SUVs, trucks, and crossovers are so popular now;
  • Motor type: Motor type should also be taken into consideration when you calculate the life expectancy of your car. On average, gas and fuel engines have shorter lifespans than electric ones. Longevity and lower tear and wear are two more benefits of electric cars, in addition to the environmentally friendly operation that gives them a strong edge over standard models. To be more specific, while the average lifespan of a gasoline engine is around 200,000 miles, an electric prototype will last about 300,000 miles;
  • Driving style: The way you drive your car also impacts its service life a lot. In a word, the more careful and diligent of a driver you are, the longer your car will remain in a serviceable and safe condition. Car accidents also cut down the lifespan of your vehicle. Minor damages and repairable malfunctions won’t reduce the car's longevity too much. However, should the vehicle experience a serious collision, crash, or multiple accidents, it might heavily impact its life expectancy. In this case, you should closely estimate the damage to understand if your car is totaled and is better sold than held on to. This is where a totaled car calculator will come to help determine the value of your scrap car; 
  • Car body condition: Rust and corrosion on the car body also works to shorten the service life of the vehicle. Hence, should any peeled paint, scratches, or deformations appear on the car body parts, timely repair will help avert the negative effect on the car's life expectancy;  
  • Maintenance: Regular visits to the service center and mechanics will help your car last longer. Scheduled maintenance, oil, belt, and filter replacement as well as replacement of faulty parts will increase the life of your automobile. 

By using an online car life calculator, you’ll be able to estimate the life expectancy of your car, since those tools normally take into account both major and minor aspects of impact to generate the most accurate result.

5 Facts About Car Life Expectancy You Should Know

To understand how the service life of your car might change while it’s in use and how you can improve your car’s longevity, there are a few aspects and facts you should know about the car lifespan:

  1. A car is depreciated by 15% to 35% in a year, irrespective of other impact factors. These are market conditions you can’t change. 
  2. While the average longevity of a modern car is about 200,000 miles, or 8 years, many vehicles can last longer thanks to advanced technologies used in automobile production, regular servicing, careful driving style, and improved road conditions.
  3. Up-to-date quality maintenance is the key to your car’s long lifespan. Thus, when striving to save a few cents on car parts and consumables, keep in mind that you are investing in your car’s longevity, and it’s not worth skimping on quality.
  4. Heat over 220 degrees is one of the biggest engine hazards. It’s damaging for the engine and the battery and will greatly reduce the service life of your vehicle.
  5. Temperatures below 76 degrees are no less risky than heat. Freezing cold might severely damage many car components including transmission and pipelines, the oil system, and battery. So, it’s better to avoid extreme temperatures and keep your vehicle in a safe environment to make it last longer.

Consider Selling Your Old Car to JunkCarsUs

If you are about to replace your old car yet don’t think it’s in a condition to be sold at a good price, don't rush with filing it away in storage. Call JunkCarsUs first. We buy scrap cars of all years and in any condition. The make and model don’t matter. And we buy them at fair prices.

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How long will my car last?
You can rely on average car longevity figures specified for your car model and year of issue, or you can use a car life expectancy calculator to get more accurate estimates based on your vehicle mileage, condition, and use.
How to prolong the life of my vehicle?
Careful driving, proper storage conditions, and diligent maintenance are the key factors that will contribute to your car’s longevity. Routine servicing, quality parts and oils, and garage storage will add a few years to your car's life expectancy.
How many miles should my car have to consider buying a new one?

There is no single right answer to this question. While mileage does determine the average lifespan of a car, it doesn’t reflect its real service life. With the average longevity of about  200,000 miles, many car makes and models can easily outlive this figure and still stay in a serviceable condition.

Unless you simply want a new model, we’d say that it’s time to sell your old car when the cost of major repairs is nearly the estimated price of your car, or when you feel that you are investing too much money in maintenance.

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