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Our cars are getting older
USA Today

The average age of the cars and trucks on U.S. roads hit a record 10.8 years as of July 1, 2011, as worries about job security the economy kept many people from making big-ticket purchases.

That’s up from 10.6 years in 2010, and it and continues a trend that dates to 1995, when the average age of a car was 8.4 years, according to the Polk research firm, which studied state vehicle registrations.

Polk said the average age of a car in the U.S. last year was 11.1 years, while the average truck was 10.4 years old.

But Polk Vice President Mark Seng says a rebound in sales last year and expected growth the next couple of years is likely to slow the aging trend. Polk has not predicted if or when the age will start to drop, but Seng doesn’t see that happening for two or three years, if not longer.

« It’s going to take the good economy several years of very high sales again, and people being willing to let go of those older vehicles that they’ve been holding onto, » Seng said.

Le programme « cash for clunkers » du président Obama, qui devait retirer les minounes des routes, a coûté aux contribuables américains 3 milliards de dollars.