How old is the average car in the UK? It’s 8.3 years and that’s been getting worse every year since 2005.

This is the first in a short series of posts about the UK car market, its size, age, fuel mix and how it competes with other countries….

The graph on the left shows the growth in the total number of cars registered in the UK since 1994, by fuel type. The total stands at 31.9m at the end of 2019, out of a total of 38.7m licenced vehicles of all types.

We also know that the average age of a car in the UK has been steadily rising since 2005; see the graph on the right. By the end of 2019 it was 8.3 years which is 20% higher than in 2005.

Petrol cars were older, with an average age of 9.1 years compared with 7.3 years for diesel cars. The average age of licensed LGVs was 8.3 years, HGVs 7.4 years, buses & coaches 10.9 years, and for motorcycles it was 15.0 years.