Average age for cars to be scrapped in the UK is 13 years.I’ve long been of the opinion that all car manufacturers build junk now. Their entire business model is geared up to make you want to lease a new car every 3 years.
Cars aren’t meant to last longer than 3 years. Once the warranty is up, it’ll suffer an expensive failure that’s probably been built into the design. People don’t want to take this risk so a new car is the only option. I’m very much a victim of this, having watched my well maintained 4 year old Merc E class with just over 50,000 on the clock shit itself massively and require 2.5 grands worth of repairs.
I don’t want to be taking this risk moving forward. It’s cheaper and less hassle for me to just get a new car every 3 years and lease or PCP it.
It’s like your phone contract. No one buys a phone thinking “I’ll get 10 years out of this ******.” You get one on an 18 month contract and then upgrade it to the latest model at which point the battery will be shagged anyway.
So as long as these cheap Chinese motors are in warranty for 3 years, I can see a market for them. I wouldn’t expect one to last more than 3 years, but I wouldn’t necessarily care.
All cars are basically fucked after 3 years. Doesn’t matter if they’re 50 grand Mercs or 8 grand Dacias. Just google VW oil pump failure or BMW flutter valve failure if you don’t believe me.
Very cheap and simple things that VW and BMW could rectify but choose not to because there is no benefit to them having cars that last more than 3 years.