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A new study by and Kelton Research found that more than four out of every five US car owners now plan to keep their current car longer, due to the bad economic climate.

According to the survey of US vehicle owners aged 18 and over, 82% reported they now intend to keep their car longer than originally planned. The findings suggest an end to the cycle of frequent new car buying.

In a downturn economy, consumers focus automobile-related efforts on maintaining vehicles, minimizing operational expenses and preserving the vehicle’s overall value.

—Thilo Koslowski, vice president and automotive practice leader at Gartner, Inc.

The trend is even stronger for low income drivers and families. Eight-six percent of consumers with an income of less than $40,000 and families with children indicate they will keep their vehicle longer than originally planned.


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