How do you define an "old" car?

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Asked by Sep 02, 2015 at 05:06 PM about the 2010 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited

Question type: General

How many years old does your car have to be before you consider it to be
OLD?   5 years,  10 years or more?   And,  with cars lasting longer these days,  
does it really matter?

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IMO Mark that is really relative. Compared to what? My Corolla was manufactured in May 2006. 10 Years+ 'old' It uses no oil, starts first time every time, I don't consider it old at all. I would not hesitate to drive it to the moon. Depends on quality of engineering, quality of build, and super-high performance $250,000 cars are 'old' before a basic daily driver.

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the amount of miles and how it was driven basically wear and tear bust mostly miles

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This is a very interesting question. When I was 18 a 10 year old car was ancient! Now a 10 year old car, to me is an "older" model. My '94 Fleetwood is now the same age as my '66 Cadillac was in 1988 when I brought it. But the '66 seemed a lot older at that time than my '94 does now. When my '93 Caprice was about 17 years old, was when the police started looking at it and hassling me. Spot checks, whipping out to follow me and run my license plates. I've also noticed that when a car is about 10 model years old they start not picking it at the inspection station. So, I'd say 15+ years is old. HTH. -Jim

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*nit picking at the inspection station. Sorry! - Jim

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Hey Jim, I can read through typos easy, happens all the time. But yours, in context, made sense... in the opposite way.. not picking and nit picking, the letters right next to each other. Good you cleared that up. Can't imagine an older car getting a break. In Calif it's odd, like a colonoscopy. They don't care if it has a busted windshield, lights, anything like that does not get inspected. They stick a probe up the tail-pipe and measure the, uh, emissions, have a 10 second look under the hood to make sure it's not thrashed. and if the machine says you pass.. you pass.

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Hi Fordnut, NJ is that way too now. No safety inspection, just emissions. However I can remember taking older cars through and they'd go over them with a fine toothed comb. New or late model stuff "you're good". HTH. -Jim

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