I read recently that the average age of a vehicle on the road is a record 11+ years. That means that a 2002 model year (MY) vehicle is now average. I have worked on several vehicles lately and their model years were 1997, 2000 and 2002. All of them had way over 100,000 miles on them but they still looked and ran great. It used to be that once a car hit 100,000 it was time to junk it.
Everything is lasting longer and it is not unusual to see vehicles that have over 200,000 roll into the shop needing tires or brakes or other routine service. While some vehicle owners are not fixing the air conditioning (you can spot them on a hot day driving with the windows down), many are asking about fixing leaks and other repairs in an effort to avoid having to purchase a new or newer vehicle.
Another thing I have noticed is that a car is a car and whether it is a domestic or an import brand does not seem to matter to many shops or technicians. In fact, I have heard students tell me that they thought that Honda and Toyota were domestic vehicles. In many ways they are because they are being built in North America in places near me in Ohio or Kentucky. As long as you have service information and a scan tool that is able to access the various systems, then diagnosing and servicing vehicles of all types in about the same.
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