Many UK motorists are holding on to their cars as they cannot afford to buy a new one or even a new used one. However, not so long ago this could turn into an expensive business as older cars tend to need more looking after and often require more frequent repairs.
However, nowadays it seems we can rely on our older cars more and more, due to major improvements in technology and manufacture of materials it is not uncommon for a vehicle to make it to well over 100,000 miles.
Few cars produced in the 1970s could handle distances of more than 100,000 miles unless exceptionally well maintained, said motor insurance research, but such distances are now common place.
Passenger cars are now regularly soldiering on at 150,000 miles, while SUVs, MPVs and pickups can still be found performing well with 180,000 miles on the clock.
It is not uncommon for motor insurance companies to come across vehicles still highly serviceable after travelling 250,000 miles in their lifetimes.
Better engineering, stricter quality control, more advanced engines and exhaust systems, better lubricants and improved corrosion protection are the causes of the improvement, said motor insurance companies.