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View Poll Results: How long do you plan to hold onto your current car?
Till my car is 2 - 3 years old 10 0.81%
Till my car is 4 - 5 years old 103 8.31%
Till my car is 6 - 7 years old 196 15.82%
Till my car is 8 - 9 years old 186 15.01%
Till my car is 10 (or higher) years old 744 60.05%
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Old 11th June 2020, 15:33   #136
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We have 3 cars in our house

Fiat Punto - 8 years old : Apart from the yearly service, the car has been in excellent condition. Has clocked 82000km.Plan to keep it for 10 years or more and sell it at scrap value as Punto would have no resale value then.

Bmw 320d - 3.5 years old : The car has clocked only 15000km in the last 3.5 years has been in excellent nick. Plan to keep it for min 10 years.

Hyundai I20 petrol - 6 years : Covered 40000km, primarily used by dad. The car as has been the most unreliable for me with frequent failures of various components and expensive repairs. Might sell it off after a year once I get a good price for the car.
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Old 11th June 2020, 15:36   #137
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Voted for 10 years or more.

The first car we owned was a Maruti 800 which we sold off after 20 years and then bought Honda City in 2008 which is now 12 years old.

Post marriage I bought my first car last year and going by family tradition I don't think this one would be sold till its roadworthy.

I think for most of us its the bond we form with the vehicles we own than anything else which kinda pulls us back from saying it goodbye.
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Old 11th June 2020, 15:37   #138
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THe longer the better. My last car was a Sonata Gold which I bought in 2001 when it was launched and sold in 2015 !! Attached are the pics of my 14-year old when I sold it - you can see it was lovingly maintained.
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Old 11th June 2020, 15:38   #139
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Voted for 10 years or higher.

How about an Option 'Never'? Irrespective of my recent purchase(s), I always say yes to another car somehow I don't feel good to say goodbye to them.
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Old 11th June 2020, 15:45   #140
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Voted for 8-9 years. My Vento 1.6 TDI completed 7 years in May and currently the odo stands at 83K kms, but still runs like brand new. Just completed a solo 1,500kms road trip, as I drove to my hometown Bhubaneshwar from Bengaluru to avoid taking flights. Also, who would want to let go of an opportunity of a road trip? I was in the lookout to upgrade to an SUV, but the pandemic has delayed the decision by at least 2 years.
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Old 11th June 2020, 15:51   #141
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Voted for 6-7 years.
Sold Maruti Esteem when it was 6 years old.
Sold Indigo around 6 years old.
Sold Manza when it was 7 years old.

Honda City idtec is going to be 6 years old this July. Was thinking of replacing this diwali but covid has delayed it. Will wait till end of year and decide. Can keep longer but it being diesel and NCR having 10 year rule, it's a dilemma.

Tiago diesel is around 2.5 years now. Plan to keep it at least 6-7 years.

I believe the mindset of most car buyers especially the middle class will change now due to covid. Cars will be changed only when they give trouble or necessity arises rather than the itch of changing after 4-5 years. Hopefully, the times will change as and when threat of Covid is over.

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Old 11th June 2020, 16:19   #142
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As long as the service/repair works are manageable.

My alto is 13 year old and still doing city duty perfectly.

Honda city is 3.5 year Old and doing primarily highway duty perfectly. I plan to keep city for atleast 6 more years.

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Old 11th June 2020, 16:47   #143
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Voted for 10 years (or more). My first car was Swift in 2006 (Petrol). Kept that for six and half years and 55K Kms. Replaced that with Vento TDI in 2013, since felt the need for regular sedan. It is 102K KM and 7 years now. Plan to keep it for another 3 years at least. Only worry is I have to change a few parts and major service (8 years) with belt changes et al. I have been told it would be around 75K for the service. Still worth pay 75K and prolong it for another 3-4 years. The car is serving me well still the servicing cost is pretty standard charges and no undue costs for parts.

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Old 11th June 2020, 16:54   #144
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Voted for 10 years or higher.
My current ride is in her 8th year. Every now and then I get the itch that I should change my ride (usually around when a new model is launched). The better half and the kid also demands that we should buy an SUV as we see quite a number of highway rides per year.
And the mid life crisis is making the decision process worse. One mind says retain the car for few more years as she is going all guns blazing. And the other says plonk your money in one good car and use it for your rest of life.
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Old 11th June 2020, 16:58   #145
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My current car is almost 14 years old and my dad's is 11. If I could get a fitness certificate and RC book done easily, I would happily keep the cars as long as they live. I feel it is better to maintain the car and run it. I don't have a problem driving an older car though at some point I worry about the safety of older cars, part of the reason I sold my dad's Esteem and replaced it with a Fiesta
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Old 11th June 2020, 17:09   #146
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My EcoSport is almost 5Yrs old now and has clocked only around 30k KMs. I dont plan to sell it for another 5+ yrs mainly because:

1. Its solidly built, so I feel it will last long without much rattles and issues and hence it doesn't and won't feel as old.

2. Sentimental value: being my 1st car, i want to have it for as long as possible.

3. The other threads on TBHP about why and how to keep your cars longer.
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Old 11th June 2020, 17:20   #147
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3~4 years or until I'm eligible to upgrade as per my company policy
I tend to upgrade as newer powertrain tech lures me into upgrading

My last swap was a Fiat Linea 6years Diesel with 1.1L on the ODO
Happened to be a no nonsense car, except for part availability

Switched to a Creta AT Diesel (i have a good run of about 75kms a day)
I'm really happy with the NVH levels & fit & finish (cannot say the same for the ride)

My next intention is(was there even while buying the Creta) an Electric Vehicle, mostly the Hyundai Kona, just the apprehension of charger in my next apartment (building laws etc.) is my concern

(I so want to get my hands on an EV to the extend of switching my TVS Jupiter to Bajaj Chetak or Ather for local errands)
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Voted for 10+ yrs without any second thought.

I've a Skoda Fabia (since Nov.'10) with 1.6L kms & now is showing age.
Though it's fairly serving my daily duties, is due for sale.

My previous WagonR was also used for 10 yrs and was sold at 1.2L of mileage.

Recently on 26th Jan, I've purchased a pre-worshiped Octavia 1.8 tsi L&K from a fellow BHPian with odo reading 9700 kms. It's in mint condition & hopefully, it'll serve our family needs for not less than next 5-6 yrs.

We also have a Mahindra MDI-550 Jeep, purely used for Agri purpose at 20 yrs of its age. And No any question of replacing it soon in near future.
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If enthusiast keep cars for 10+ years what about non enthusiast for whom car is just mode of transport . I am sure a lot of folks who plan to keep car for 10+ years will change plans due to various reasons- itch for upgrade/relocation/issues with ride etc. When I bought my recent ride, I promised no cars for another decade but I am unsure if I can control the itch for upgrade!
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I'm just 17 y/o and a college student so I will talk about my family's car changing cycle.
For us, it solely depends on the car.
My dad bought the Daewoo Cielo in 1998 and we kept it till 2010. All of us loved her a lot and we were emotionally connected with it. If spare parts availability was not an issue, we could have easily kept it for some more years.
Second comes the 1st gen Maruti Dzire MJet in 2010. Again a great car, very practical and reliable like a Toyota. As the years passed, the traffic increased and dad wanted an automatic and also some new tech as the Dzire(VDi) was very basic. We started looking for a new car in mid 2016 and finally sold the MJet baby in 2017 when we found the perfect replacement.
The perfect replacement was the 3rd gen Dzire petrol AMT! Our current Dizzy does most of the things right but falls short when it comes to safety. This is one thing which is always at the back of our minds and the only reason why we don't wish to keep it for more than 5 years.
If the car is great, we can happily keep it for even a decade but if it's not, then 5 years is just enough
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