Automobile life expectancy is defined as the number of years an automobile is typically registered and kept in use serving its normal function. This analysis of passenger cars only assumes that when 95% of all passenger cars registered are accounted for, this represents "the fleet" for average life expectancy measurement purposes. This analysis also displays in charts the distribution of automobiles by age. Applications of automobile life expectancy estimates include determination of the time required to implement new equipment standards, determining future revenues from registration transactions, providing an index of economic activity, and determining the frequency of inspections. The estimate of expectancy for New York State was found to be 11.5 years while the national estimate was 13.6 years. The analysis also revealed that the New York State passenger car population contained a higher percentage of newer cars than the national population and that New York State tended to remove older cars from its population at a more rapid rate. There also appeared to be a discernable trend toward newer cars in both New York State and the nation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

    Governor Nelson A Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
    Albany, NY  United States  12228
  • Authors:
    • Ginett, B J
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00453138
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 300
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM