Brits own nine cars during lifetime

Brits own nine cars during lifetime

Research has found that Britons own an average of nine cars during their lifetime, but this number could fall if drivers keep their cars for longer as a result of the recession.

According to, Britons own six of their vehicles before the age of 40 and on average a Briton's first two cars are purchased before the age of 24.

However, researchers suggest that the total number of cars owned in a lifetime could fall as 29% of the 2,000 adults questioned said they were less likely to change their car in the next 12 months.

A further 23% of respondents said they were considering selling one of their cars to cut costs and only 22% of over 55s said they would change their car "if they saw something better", compared with 47% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Figures show that while 69% of motorists hang on to their cars for three years, one million drivers get through them much faster and own 20 or more cars in their lifetime.

A desire for something better (26%), coming into money (26%) and unreliability (50%) were key factors in leading to a change of car, but only 14% said that a car's "green" credentials would lead to the purchase.

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