Cars on our roads getting older

The average age of cars registered in Belgium is getting older. Figures published in a report in Monday’s edition of the Francophone daily ‘Le Soir’ state that while 20 years ago the average age of cars registered in Belgium was 6 years and four months, today the average car registered here is 8 years, an increase of 1 year and four months.

The automobile industry federation Febiac says that the are several reasons for the increase. Febiac’s Michel Martens told the paper that “Firstly the quality of cars has improved greatly compared with 20 years ago, which means that they can be used for longer.”

"A second factor is that many more families now have second and third cars than was the case 20 years ago. This is due to increased prosperity. The second and third cars are often a bit older what serves to raise the average age of cars in general”

The second hand car market is buoyant in Belgium. In the period between 2008 and 2012 the number of new cars registered fell by 9.1% as a result of the economic crisis. Meanwhile, the number of new cars registered rose by 11.2%. In 2012 almost 60% of cars registered in Belgium were second hand.