Super high mileage cars prevalent on UK roads

Super high mileage cars prevalent on UK roads

DVSA data, analysed by LeaseLoco, has revealed there are thousands of super high mileage vehicles on UK roads.

Odometer data provided by the DVSA, has shown there are currently 2,676 vehicles on UK roads with more than 500,000 miles on the odometer, and 5,897 motors with over 400,000 miles.

Hundreds of cars are reportedly still going strong despite having clocked up over three-quarters of a million miles.

These astronomical mileage cars include; 35 Vauxhall Astras, 33 Rover 75s, 25 Ford Fiestas and 16 Land Rover Defenders.

To put into perspective just how many miles these vehicles have clocked up, the moon is 238,855 miles away from Earth. Meaning these vehicles have covered more than three trips to the moon.

The following table shows the Top 10 road legal vehicles – makes and models – with more than 750,000 miles on the clock.

Make Model Number of vehicles with over 750k miles on the Odometer
LDV Maxus 104
Vauxhall Astra 35
Rover 75 33
Ford Fiesta 25
Ford Focus 25
Vauxhall Zafira 20
VW Golf 19
Audi TT 16
Land Rover Defender 16
Vauxhall Corsa 14

LeaseLoco also requested data from the DVSA on the top makes and models, driving on UK roads today, that have clocked up more than 250,000 miles.

While this is a more modest number of miles on the odometer, membership of this club could well grow as we approach 2030, and the ban on new petrol and diesel cars comes into force.

The following table shows the Top 10 road legal vehicles with more than 250,000 miles on the clock.

Make Model Number of vehicles with over 250k miles on the Odometer
VW Transporter 4,471
Toyota Prius 3,817
Mercedes-Benz Vito 2,949
VW Passat 2,456
Ford Transit 2,251
Skoda Octavia 2,109
Mercedes-Benz E 1,805
Peugeot Expert 1,688
Ford Mondeo 1,402
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 1,393

John Wilmot, CEO of LeaseLoco, commented: “The combination of used car prices rocketing, and microchips shortages affecting new car supply, has seen a large number of car owners choosing to hold onto their vehicles for longer, rather than upgrading.

“However, even taking into account the current issues with supply and soaring prices, there are also those car owners who believe: ‘if it ain’t broke, why upgrade!’

“The Government doesn’t want to see the roads clogged up with high mileage, high polluting cars, at a time when it’s trying to encourage people to early switch to greener motoring.

“But many drivers are reluctant to switch over to electric until they feel more confident in the charging infrastructure. And as we approach 2030, car owners may be less willing to buy new petrol or diesel cars, knowing their value could plummet.

“We could see a situation where more people stick with what they have, and the number of extremely high mileage cars on our roads escalates.

“One option could be leasing a new car rather than buying one. Leasing is increasing in popularity, not least because it avoids the burden of depreciation on the user.”

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