• AutoTrader lists the 10 vehicles with the highest mileage put on sale in 2020.
• A 2005 BMW 530d had the highest mileage: 1.7-million km.
• A 1995 Volkswagen Citi had 928 000km.
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Want to buy a car that will run forever - over hundreds of thousands of kilometres? An analysis of AutoTrader data reveals some real automotive gems! The study investigates vehicles with the highest mileage for sale on AutoTrader for the calendar year of 2020.
According to George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO, the average age of used cars for sale on AutoTrader in South Africa is five years (due to AutoTrader's representation, this figure can be considered a proxy for the market).
He points out: "The expected lifespan of a car isn't cast in stone and today's cars can last in excess of 10 years. Some vehicles boast better build quality than others - and so they will last longer. Other vehicles last longer because they have been well cared for. For instance, the owners have adhered to the correct service intervals and routinely attended to anything that needed fixing. In the future of Electric Vehicles (EVs), I would expect these cars to last a lot longer."
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But which cars are proven to deliver years of driving enjoyment - because they're still on the market? The AutoTrader data reveals some interesting information. For instance, the brand that dominates the list of high-milers is Toyota, meaning you can buy one of these Japanese cars with complete peace of mind.
This should come as no surprise. According to Strategic Management Insight, Toyota is one of the most recognisable brands in the world. The website points out: "According to Interbrand and Forbes, Toyota's brand is the world's seventh and ninth most valuable brand worth US$50.291 billion and US$44.7 billion, accordingly. In both lists, it is the most valuable brand out of all automotive companies."
Secondly, it's interesting to see that - while great strides have been made in vehicle engineering and development over the decades - older cars can still clock up pretty high mileages and keep on running. For instance, there's a Ford Pickup Flathead V8 listed on AutoTrader that has done well over a million kilometres – and it was built back in 1946! Incidentally, its engine marked a milestone in the automotive industry. Prior to its introduction, almost all mass-produced cars had four- and six-cylinder engines.