AAA study shows motorists keeping cars longer

December 27, 2011 8:13:38 AM PST
Call it a sign of the times, or a sign of the economy.

Over the past four years, Triple-A has recorded a steady increase in the average age of vehicles needing emergency roadside assistance.

In 2008, the typical age of a vehicle needing roadside service was six-years-old. Today, that number has quickly grown to nine years, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

That's consistent with the average age of the vehicle fleet in the Washington metropolitan area, which is now a little more than 9 years for light duty vehicles, 8 and a half years for light duty trucks, and 10 and a half for heavy duty trucks in the region. This is according to recently released data from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.


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