How long can I use a car before it becomes unsafe and needs to be replaced?

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Can you buy one car and use it for the rest of your life? Or how long can you drive it before changing to a new car? 

Actually, there is no hard and fast rule on when to sell a car after using it for a certain number of years. It all boils down to your usage and personal decision on what is more convenient.  

Some people who like to use new cars with higher performance and better efficiency do not want to be bothered with repairs or to find spare parts, so they usually change to a new car every 5 to 7 years. Others may not be able to change to a new car every few years due to various factors, so they may use it for as long as 10 to 20 years.  

Average car lifespan around the world

According to, in 2018, most car owners in Europe tend to use a car for an average of 11.1 years from the date of purchase. In America, it is 11.8 years, while in Asia, it is 8.6 years.

However, no matter how long you plan to use a car, you would need to pay attention to regular car maintenance so as to keep the car in good running condition. Most importantly, the longer you use the car, the more its price will depreciate over time and the car will also deteriorate. Therefore, cars with fewer years of usage are easier to sell and able to command a higher price. 

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