What Is the Life Expectancy of a Luxury Car?

luxury car life expectancyYou can extend the life of your VW or Audi by bringing it in for regular maintenance. Nevertheless, the car will croak at some point. Some people believe the life expectancy of a luxury car surpasses normal cars. Is this true? We’ll examine whether this notion holds merit.

Do Luxury Cars Really Have a Longer Life Expectancy?

German luxury models, such as the Audi A3 and the BMW 3, 4, and 5 series are top sellers. They all made the J.D. Power list for the best-selling luxury cars in 2016.

Luxury cars are indeed fancier, not to mention pricier. Do these attributes translate to longer life? Luxury car owners do retain their vehicle longer than owners of regular cars. However, this is due to a complex set of factors.

Driving Frequency

Most luxury car owners also own a second or third regular vehicle. Owners use their normal cars on a regular basis and reserve luxury car use for weekend trips or formal business outings. Less frequent use means less wear and tear. Constant stop-and-go traffic is one of the primary causes of early engine wear.


Luxury car owners are also more likely to keep up with regular maintenance. This makes sense given that a luxury vehicle is such a heavy investment.

Our Verdict

While luxury cars do generally last longer, we believe this is more due to driver care rather than the cars themselves. In fact, regular and luxury cars today contain comparable quality parts due to newer technology. With regular care, most cars, regardless of the model, will last around 200,000 miles.

We Inspect Regular and Luxury Vehicles

Whether you drive an Audi or VW, bring the car to Buttera Motors. Read our story to learn our history of servicing German automobiles. Expand the life expectancy of your luxury car by dropping it off with us for routine maintenance.

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