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Americans keeping vehicles a record 11.4 years

Researcher says higher quality, money are factors

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Americans are keeping their cars and trucks longer than ever, and even with sales of new cars increasing, the average age will continue to rise, a research firm says.

The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks on US roads hit a record of 11.4 years in January — the latest figures available. The Polk research firm gathered state registration data to conclude that.

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