Opinions are still divided on the maximum mileage for a gasoline car. Some claim that a car that has driven more than 150,000 km is good for scrapping, others estimate that it can last up to 400,000 km. What is it really?
The lifespan of a car depends on various parameters (driving, geography, climate, frequency of use, choice of engine oil, etc.). But it is quite possible to roughly estimate it and deduce an average. Thus, under normal conditions of use, a petrol car could drive up to 250,000 km before starting to deteriorate.
The likely lifespan of a gasoline-powered car
Normal conditions refer to regular use, in town or on the highway, and at the correct speed, in a non-extreme climate, ie neither winter cold nor scorching heat. Past the 250,000 km mark, the vehicle enters a phase of sensitivity, in other words, it ages. As a result, breakdowns occur more often and repair costs skyrocket. This is often when most drivers are looking to get rid of their car. Either it leaves for resale at a relatively low price, or it is destined for scrapping.
Factors that affect the life of a car
Neither the service life, let alone the maximum mileage of a gasoline-powered car has absolute value. A car that has over 300,000 km on the odometer may be in better condition than one that has only done 100,000 km. In reality, durability is influenced by various factors:
- The brand and model of the vehicle: some brands are worth more than others. It is a fact. Some models are more robust and efficient than others.
- The driver’s way of driving: flexible and gentle driving preserves the general condition of the car better than nervous or sporty driving.
- The frequency and quality of maintenance: as with any other equipment, a car that is well cared for and repaired as soon as the slightest problem appears will do more kilometres. Draining, changing filters, inflating tires, checking parallelism… must be done according to standards and not wait too long.
- Other factors such as the geographical location: city, countryside or mountain, the climate, etc.
Tips for getting as many miles as possible
- Avoid leaving the air conditioning always on
- Drive with the windows closed
- No sudden acceleration when the engine is cold
- Use your engine brake to the maximum
- Adopt a more economical driving style
- Switch off the engine when stationary
- Don’t climb too high in the towers
- Just drive a little slower
- Choose fuel-efficient tires
- Inflate your tires properly
- Remove the roof rack and unload your trunk
- Use cruise control
- Unclog your engine!
- Don’t fill up your tank
- Avoid driving in town and traffic jams