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Average Age of Automobiles and Trucks in Operation in the United States

Notes: 

Data for average age of automobiles are as of July 1 of each year, except in 2009, the data are as of October 1.

Description: 

KEY: RV = recreational vehicle; U = data are unavailable.

a The 1969, 1977, 1983, and 1990 surveys do not include a separate category for sports utility vehicles (SUV), while the 1995, 2001 and 2009 surveys do.  In 1990, most SUVs were classified as automobiles. 

Source: 

Average age of automobiles:

The R.L. Polk Co., Average Age of Vehicles on the Road Remains Steady at 11.4 years, According to IHS Automotive, available at http://press.ihs.com/news_releases/automotive as of May 26, 2015.

Average age of household vehicles:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey: Summary of Travel Trends (Washington, DC: 1999); U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 2001 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data, available at http://nhts.ornl.gov as of September 2009; 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) Data, personal communication, Aug. 9, 2011.