Hundreds of vehicles on UK roads despite 750,000 miles mileage – Express | CarTailz

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Hundreds of vehicles are still on Britain’s roads despite clocking up more than 750,000 miles, with one car topping a million.

New data from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) shows that the engine with the highest mileage is a Citroen Xsara with 999,994 on the clock.

Volkswagen’s Golf and Ford’s family models, the Fiesta and Focus, also make the list of rugged vehicles, alongside workhorses favored by construction workers.

Andrew Jervis, co-founder of online repair marketplace ClickMechanic, who obtained the data, told the Sunday Mirror: “Most people trade their car long before they’ve reached six digits on the odometer, so by as many on this list with almost one A million miles to see the clock stagger.

“Obviously the more popular models – Vauxhalls, Volkswagens and Fords – will appear sooner due to the sheer volume of numbers being produced.

“But that shouldn’t detract from the fact that these are reliable engines that have served people well for so many years.

“There are also a few surprises in there. The MG ZT, for example, hasn’t rolled off the assembly line since 2005, while the Audi TTs will also attract attention as they’re not really considered workhorses.”

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David Wright drives a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, of which more than 438,000 units have come together in seven years.

The father of one David, 56, from Woking, Surrey, uses the vehicle for work as he is a courier. He typically drives more than 120,000 a year.

But since buying a used vehicle in 2019, drivers have only had one major problem with the Sprinter.

The van had 50,000 miles on the clock when David bought it for £15,000.

“I wanted a Sprinter because it’s the only van you really need when you’re driving long distances like me. It’s also a big van.”

Ashley Rice’s Mercedes-Benz Vito has clocked up more than 308,000 miles in 11 years.

The 45-year-old runs an asset management business in Selly Oak, Birmingham, and found the Vito so reliable he never thought of selling it.

The father of one who manages ABH Asset Services Limited said: “People are now choosing Vitos and Sprinters in the trading industry because they certainly see sense and see how they stand the test of time and are reliable.

“Since I’ve had the Vito, I’ve had a friend who had five vans because of problems. I didn’t have any major problems with the Vito. Eventually it needed a new propshaft, but that cost £400 and it’s had the same clutch since it had 100,000 miles on the clock.

Ashley Rice

Ashley Rice’s Mercedes-Benz Vito has clocked up more than 308,000 miles (Image: Ashley Rice)

The average distance a motorist travels in their lifetime – across all cars – is 750,000 miles. It’s also the distance to the moon and back twice. The trend is believed to continue as drivers want to stay eco-friendly and protect the planet.

Mr Jervis added: “With the 2030 zero emissions deadline approaching, it could well be that more and more people will try to hold on to their cars longer – rather ‘blow them into the ground’.

“The rising costs and low availability of used cars are other factors that will influence the development of vehicle ownership.

According to DVSA records, based on the latest MOT data from test stations across the UK, 243 Maxus vans are still on the road with over 750,000 miles on them.

Next came the Vauxhall Astra (29), Ford Transit Van (26), Rover 75 (21), and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van (20).

The top 10 are VW Golf (17), Vauxhall Zafira (16), Land Rover Defender (16), Audi TT (14) and BMW 3 Series (14).

Hot on their heels were the Vauxhall Corsa (12), Ford Fiesta (12), Ford Focus (11) and the MG ZT (nine).

“We often hear about unreliable cars spending more time in the garage than on the tarmac,” added Mr. Jervis.

“But these numbers show that there are some vehicles that can go mile after mile.”

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ClickMechanic also received the most common vehicles with more than 250,000 on the clock via a freedom of information request to the DVSA.

All but one of the top five are vans – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (13,617), Ford Transit (5,990), VW Transporter (4,894) and Mercedes-Benz Vito (3,860).

The only exception was the Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, which is still on British roads with 5,776 250,000-mile models.

Well-known ‘bulletproof’ London black cabs are also present. The TX4 model of Hackney Carriage – produced by London Taxis International until 2010 – was sixth on the list with 2,570 vehicles still in service.

But the really amazing numbers were reserved for the top 10 with the highest mileage.

Alongside the family Xsara hatchback were a Mercedes C-Class, two LDV Maxus vans, a Vauxhall Corsa and a pair of rugged Range Rovers.

A mega mileage VW Golf, a rugged Citroen C3 and a rugged Honda Civic were also in attendance – all just a few miles from the million mark.

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