• The AA found that 60% of South Africans are keeping their vehicles for longer than five years. 
  • Over 90% of South Africans said they are keeping their vehicles for longer due to tough economic conditions. 
  • The AA said if older vehicles are not maintained properly, they can easily breakdown, be difficult to drive or even cause accidents. 
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More than 60% of South Africans say they are keeping their vehicles for longer than five years due to tough economic conditions, research from the Automobile Association (AA) showed. 

The AA’s Going further report, released on Wednesday, showed that 40% of South Africans say the are keeping their vehicles for between five and ten years. 

35% of South Africans said they are keeping their vehicles for longer than ten years, AA said. 

Overall, 90% of respondents said they are keeping vehicles for longer than usual due to South Africa’s economic conditions. 

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35% of respondents said they are also keeping their vehicles longer as newer models are more reliable.

“The purpose of the research was to determine if current economic factors are playing a role in vehicle ownership. The findings confirm anecdotal evidence that cars are being kept for longer,” the AA said. 

The AA warned that if vehicles are used for a longer, it can spell trouble for motorists if they are not maintained properly. 

This can spell breakdowns, difficulty driving or even accidents as they become less reliable than new vehicles if not maintained.  

“If you are going on holiday in December you cannot gamble with a vehicle that is not properly serviced or maintained,” the AA said. 

“Apart from the fact that a breakdown could ruin your holiday plans, driving in a vehicle which has not been regularly serviced is dangerous to you and other drivers, and could, in the long run, cost you a whole lot more than just the cost of a service.”

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The AA said the longevity of vehicles can be lengthened by avoiding excessive acceleration, turning and breaking, waiting five minutes for the oil to warm when starting a vehicle in the cold, avoiding over-revving the vehicle and checking tyre pressures frequently. 

Wheel alignment should also be checked every six months, and sticking to the service schedule of the vehicle is essential, the AA said.