In this new-is-better, what’s-hot/what’s-not world, seeking the longest-lasting cars on the road might seem like an old-fashioned exercise. But is saving money old-fashioned or just plain smart? If you answered the latter, you’ll want to seek out a long-lasting car, because that is just what the smart money does. Buying or leasing a car every couple of years is a very expensive way to obtain transportation. Instead, the old investment strategy of buy-and-hold works equally well for personal transportation.
Purchase a good car that promises longevity; pay it off as soon as you can, and then reap the benefits of that car ownership for years (decades?) into the future. Dave Ramsey would be very proud. Of course, the first step is to choose a car that’ll be long-lasting, and we have you covered there. The following list draws on respected owner research and the advice of master mechanics.