Cars of our Lives

Ever wondered how many cars you’ll own throughout your life?

Well it appears that 11 is the magic number. New research has shown that, on average, we will own 11 different motors throughout the course of our life, with the Ford Fiesta an almost constant feature.

Researchers found after spending the first few years borrowing mum and dad’s car, we finally buy our own motor at the age of 23. Almost one in five chose a Ford Fiesta as their first purchase, with the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford KA, Nissan Micra and Renault Clio among other popular choices.

Around five years later, as you approach 28 years old, Brits buy their second car – most likely another Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus worth around £2,107. But at the age of 32, after settling down, the average Brit purchases their first family car – a Ford Focus or Fiesta worth £7,997.

After making do with an average of three second hand cars, the average Brit is in a position to buy their first new car at the age of 34. The Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Focus are still the most popular choice, along with the Vauxhall Astra and Ford KA, with an average value of £11,548.

After raising their family, Brits ditch the child-friendly car to finally buy their dream car at the age of 42 – most likely a Mercedes Benz, A BMW 3 series or a Mini worth £14,627. Finally, at the age of 54, we start looking forward to our retirement, buying a car such as Ford Fiesta or Toyota Yaris.

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