Reluctant to get rid of that "classic" car in your garage?
According to new data from IHS Automotive, you're not alone.
As the average age of vehicles on the road has climbed to an all-time high of 11 1/2 years—up about one month compared to last year—nearly one out of every four vehicles in the U.S. was built before the year 2000.
It's the latest data point underscoring a trend that's been underway since the recession. According to IHS and the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers on average are holding onto their vehicles for an extra year and a half as compared to 2007, when the average age of a U.S. vehicle was 10 years old.
"There are people driving these older vehicles, and they continue to hang on to them longer," said Mark Seng, a practice leader at IHS Automotive.