According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, while new car sales advanced to reach new heights, so did the number of old cars kept in use by those who can’t afford to make a vehicle change.
So, figures tallied by the SMMT show that on Britain’s roads the total car number has gone up by 1.4 % in 2013, reaching a record 31.9 million – the largest in the decade – with a car for every two persons in the UK.
“With more cars bought and less scrapped in recent years, the total number on UK roads reached an all-time high last year,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes in a statement. “Major investment by manufacturers in advanced production techniques, supported by longer vehicle warranties, has seen car reliability enhanced still further.”
The survey shows that now the average age of a British car is 7.7 years, with almost 2.1 million more cars older than 12 years in use – compared to 2012, a rise of 11.3 %.
The cars that are most popular in the UK belong to Ford and Vauxhall, with 1.46 million Focus and 1.42 million Ford Fiesta models in use, while Vauxhall’s Corsa comes third at 1.25 million cars.