If you have ever financed a car, you may know the magical feeling that comes with paying it off! Unfortunately, not every vehicle lasts much longer than the pay off date.  If you’re looking into purchasing a car soon and plan on keeping it a long time, check out this awesome survey from Iseecars.com that breaks down the most popular cars that owners tend to keep for over 15 years.

The Study

  To get this data, Iseecars.com observed and analyzed over 650,000 used cars from 1981-2002, sold between January through November 2017. For each model, the number of cars sold by the original owner was expressed as a percentage of the total number of cars sold. “Original-owner” cars were bought as new by the owner. The models were then ranked by the original-owner percentage.

The Results

As you can see, Toyota pretty much dominates the list with Honda and Acura in close pursuit. This is really not that surprising, as all brands focus on building quality, and efficient cars for an affordable price. Another thing that can be seen from this list is that almost all brands are made by Japanese manufactures- minus the VW Golf. There are no U.S. brands here, though of course some of these models are made in America.

What It Means

Also, if you haven't worked it out yet, fifteen years ago it was 2003! Yes, it’s crazy to believe 2003 was that long ago… But that also means there are a lot of first-generation Toyota Highlanders, Siennas and Tundras still driving on the roads with the person who bought them new. We think that’s incredibly interesting!


The next time you’re car shopping, remember brand new doesn’t mean everything. If you buy a great quality car pre loved, then you’ll be saving money in the long run! Here at Valley Car Group we have almost all the models listed above in our inventory right now! Most are only one or two years old!  So what are you waiting for? Click here to search our inventory or call 480-389-0779 to schedule an appointment to browse our inventory today!