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 Covid attacks older cars and heavy equipment.

according to https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/america-your-cars-are-old-and-covid-19-will-likely-accelerate-their-age/ar-BB17hQlv?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds.

America, your cars are old and COVID-19 will likely accelerate their age. So Sean Szymkowski  reports on 

America, your cars are old and COVID-19 will likely accelerate their age

Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the research already concluded that Americans are holding onto their cars for a longer period of time: nearly 12 years, the highest figure in almost 20 years.

    IHS Markit; A  Leading Source of Critical Information released its latest study analyzing the age of vehicles on US roads on Tuesday, and while you may think it has everything to do with boosting new car sales, an old vehicle fleet on the road also does no good for emissions regulations. Newer cars are (generally) far more fuel efficient than older vehicles.

Will your vehicles age be a crippling factor to its life?

    The average age of a vehicle in operation increased to 11.9 years, up one month from last year. All signs already pointed to few fluctuations from the year prior, but the pandemic could very well inflate the figure higher. New vehicle sales last year accounted for just 6.1% of vehicles in operation and IHS Markit estimates we could see the figure drop to 5% or less. Fewer new cars on the road will increase the average age in studies to come.

The perfect storm for an aging vehicle fleet.

     Interestingly, scrappage rates, or the number of older cars retired and off US roads, increased. Typically, that'd make room for new vehicles to hit the road, but the research showed a sharp decline in new car sales created the perfect storm for an aging vehicle fleet.

What else can you do to keep  ole Betsy going? 

    With covid attacks older cars problems, some chose new vehicles. Increased new vehicle prices and longer-term financing also play a part. Buyers may simply keep an older car because they can't afford a new one. Or, increasingly popular 72- and 84-month financing may lock buyers in for a longer period of time.


 More covid attacks older cars 

 See  Additives for older vehicles

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