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When my parents got rid of the 1971 Datsun in 1980


Another point is that a 9 year old car built in 1993 is not the same as a 9 year old car built in 1971. I have seen 10 and 12 year old cars that were maintained but not completly babied, that still look really good. Car just last longer than they used to, especially with the rust warranties now.

Any car built in the last several years should last at least 10 years if somewhat well maintained. So a 4 year old car in 1970 that would fall apart in another year or two was on its way out. A 4 year old car now may just be getting fully broken in and ready for many more years of service.

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