I’m not sure how many people get to do this, but today I drove my one-owner 1996 Plymouth Breeze to a scrapyard. 17 years, 181,000 miles; original clutch and exhaust system. Started fine and ran OK, but significant oil and coolant leaks that lead me to think the head gasket was gone; significant body damage from an accident in 2011 that totalled it, plus a theft attempt that peeled the steering column and ruined the passenger side door lock, a check engine light (bad EGR system) that meant it wouldn’t pass emissions testing made me think that it was time. Still 17 years, $12,000 of depreciation, low operating costs and manageable repair costs mean- all in all, I can’t complain. 44 oil changes, and I think I did 43 of them.
I wonder what percentage of cars have one owner, ever?