Which Pickup Trucks Are Owners Holding the Longest?

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If you own a pickup truck, the odds are pretty good that you've had it for a while and you plan on keeping it for a while. And according to our friends at iSeeCars.com, that assumption is born out, yet again, with their most recent study.

In a larger survey covering all auto and light-duty pickup choices, of the top 10 vehicles being held the longest, none are pickup trucks. In fact, five of them are SUVs (Ford Expedition and Explorer, Toyota Sequoia and 4Runner, and Chevrolet Suburban), three are sedans (Toyota Avalon, Honda Accord and Ford Taurus), one is a sports car (Chevy Corvette), and one is a minivan (Honda Odyssey). And all are kept on average between 8.3 and nine years.

In regards to iSeeCars.com's methodology, the survey analyzed more than 6 million used vehicles 5 years old or older sold by their original owners between January 2013 and December 2017. Researchers focused on models owned for more than five years (to eliminate the effects of short-term lease purchases) and those that have been in production for more than nine years. The average age of each model was calculated using the ages of the vehicles when they were first listed for sale.

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In the light-duty pickup truck segments (meaning mid-size and half-ton models) that were part of the overall study, only three of the top eight were held longer than the light-duty segment average of 7.7 years: the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Titan and Frontier. The rest of the list is filled out with the Toyota Tundra (7.6 years), Ram 1500 (7.4), Chevy Silverado 1500 (7.3), GMC Sierra 1500 (7.3) and Ford F-150 (7.2).

Interestingly, although not part of the initial auto industry study, iSeeCars.com did collect data on heavy-duty pickups, separating three-quarter-ton from one-ton trucks. All four three-quarter-ton HD models (Ram 2500Chevy's Silverado 2500, Ford's Super Duty F-250, and GMC's Sierra 2500) are being held longer than the popular Tacoma. 

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another unfair and bias attack on the F-150
PUTC must spend all time looking for stories to make the F-150 look bad
I wish they would just come clean and tell us the real reason why they hate the F-150
The real story is how everyone is trading in their heavy duty trucks for a new F-150 finding out it can haul and tow just as much plus get better gas mileage, more power and a luxury ride.

if the F-150 is so bad why is it always the number 1 selling truck?

Not sure how this makes any truck look bad. Seems that all like trucks are pretty much the same when looking at the big 3's 1/2 and 3/4 trucks. The only real outliers seem to be the 1 ton trucks.

Not surprised at all down here in Tennessee you see a lot of early 2000s 90s and 80s GM trucks driving around still

Ecoboost Rules is a clown

The full listing makes sense to me as HD trucks are more likely purchased as a long-term investment for business [if the data includes ownership other than private].

That’s not true I have a 2000 FORD F-150 with the 5.4 liter that I bought that year. It’s been 18 years and I still have it.

That’s not true I have a 2000 FORD F-150 with the 5.4 liter that I bought that year. It’s been 18 years and I still have it.

@CHINGmaricON is back!

Just because you still own the same truck for 18 years doesn't mean that all other Ford buyers aren't either needing to trade up or are just too insecure to be driving a truck thats over five years old.

@ecoboost Rules
If the facts exist, what makes this a biased attack? F150 sells more trucks on its perception but Everyone is going to claim that their truck is the best. And for them, perhaps its true. Whats not true is that your ecoboost is pulling 13,000 plus pounds up and down steep grades on a weekly basis. if it is, you better get good life insurance. and make sure someone gets to have your chrome hubcaps.

HD Trucks are kept longer on average as investments but even in that category mere months separate them in terms of length of ownership. Whats the takeaway? If you actually want to experience owning a useful vehicle without making payments, all five pickup truck makers are providing some really great products.

The last 2-3 years of the F-series sitting on blocks in the back yard before it is sent off for re-cycling is included in the calculation.

MLS956

If I ran a pickup truck media site and I wanted to get as many people as I can to visit my site I wouldn't trash the #1 selling pickup !

A blind man can see PUTC hates the F-150

This gives me something to spank my meat too.

Good to see a lot of GM trucks on the list. We have had my 1998 in the family since 2002. Still going strong! Won't get rid of it till it dies.

Tacoma and Frontier owners love their trucks. Good job ranking the highest!

As the current treasurer of my local NAMBLA chapter, I just found out we are a participating partner in the GM employee discount program. Feel free to ask how to become part of our organization so that you too, can get access to great employee pricing.

I am doing my part to make the numbers bigger. So far I have only sold one pickup, a 22 year old F250. The only reason I sold it was that a guy begged me to put a price on it and when I gave him one that I thought would scare him away he handed me the cash and drove away with it. I am about to list one that I have had for only 16 years but I got it well used.

It would be interesting to get this report in another year or so and see if the turnover for Ram and Chevy picks up with their revamped trucks giving owners more motivation to trade.

@ecoboost rules
Sales numbers aren’t a complete indicator of anything. McDonald’s has sold billions more crappy hamburgers than any gourmet burger joint. That said, I’m not bashing Ford, never have. They work well for most but they aren’t what everyone needs. In this case the data happens to show that people don’t hang on to F150’s as long as they do Tacomas or Titans (Albiet the spread is weeks to months at best). And that’s all they’re saying.

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Ford Expedition: 9.0 years

Another big, hulking SUV. It's not surprising to see that owners tend to keep their Ford Expeditions a long time. The 'ute is based on a truck chassis, and there aren't that many options out there with a similar set of capabilities. Families can load the Expedition up with kids, cargo, or anything else, and can tow pretty much any reasonably sized trailer for sale in America.

I ONLY RIDE MY FORDS FOR 1 YEAR AND TRADE. GOTTA KEEP FORD SALES UP!

I have an 18 year old Dodge and an 18 year old Ford.
Why keep them so long? Because while newer trucks are faster and fancier, most are lousy off-road. The old diesel Ford is smog control free and delivers nice mileage. The Dodge is beastly tall stock and is amazing in rocks. Yeah gas mileage is terrible and the rocker sill is eye-level to my 3 year old, but it costs me nothing and still works great.
People have to keep them longer to get their money’s worth.

Well said James.

MLS956

you must be blind
all the puff stories here have been about the Ram and Chevy

PUTC stopped showing the monthly sales cause Ford leads

in all other comparison tests (TFL, Motor Trend, CR) the F-150 comes out on top

PUTC is tripping over themselves raving how wonderful the 2019 Ram is at the same time never mentioning the 2019 Ranger

I get tired of being ridiculed, made fun of, insulted and called insulting names just because I own a F-150 Eco-Boost.
My posts are not only informative but are also creative with the facts.
I have admitted the faults of the F-150 Eco-Boost.
I don't need the insults cause I get respect from friends and coworkers cause I own a F-150 Eco-Boost

So it's YOUR loss that I am going to stop coming in here and miss my intelligent and creative posts
Now you'll be stuck with imposters that copy the same talking points on their posts that others post cause they don't have the intelligence to think up anything interesting or creative themselves that offer no information, just insults!

On the way to the T rally all I saw was broken-down Chevy HD trucks on the side of the road being serviced.

NOt sure what this tells you? Could be people keep thier trucks longer because they like them? Or it could mean the lesser year trucks have good trade in value so are not kept as long. Either

Interesting that average is so low compared to other statistics for "vehicles" in the US / "cars" I have see that claim average is 11 years old. I had always assumed that trucks probably contributed to that higher average with their high initial costs, size, utility, making them more able to justify larger repair costs (over time). Just as its often cheaper to rebuild/overhaul a tractor trailer than replace it a 70+K truck that has been paid off and in generally good shape could easily be used for years more at a fraction of the cost of a new one even with a major repair or 2 or several minor ones. The other interesting thing here would be to see what the modern average term of loan is on a new truck. I know that 5 was still the "norm" back in 2013 when I was selling (but then again we also weren't selling anything new over half ton) but going over 5 years (even out to over 6) was rapidly becoming more mainstream. For me the thought of only getting 1 or 2 paid for years out a vehicle (new or used) is not appealing at all.

@Clint

I believe that your 11 year old stat is the average age of the vehicle not how long it's owned by the purchaser. As far as loans on these truck I'm with you on that. I see a lot of 20 something guys in $60K diesel trucks. I'm guessing 84-96 months loans are becoming the norm now. I know two guys that pay more per month on their truck than I pay on my mortgage.

Incase nobody saw it, the top 3 are not American vehicles. Instead of bashing Ford like TNT,papa,and GMS do, you should be bashing your owns vehicles, this is a disgrace to America, our own vehicles can't match the over seas ones.....

@ Nitro

Hey, I never bashed Ford here u pot stirrer! Keep me out of this and be civil. You whine about as much as Frank does when u come on here to comment. Grow up!

So it's YOUR loss that I am going to stop coming in here and miss my intelligent and creative posts...Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | Aug 3, 2018

We will miss you ER. Have you broken the news to Frank yet?

Unlike many of you, I'm not a brand guy. I simply don't care about brands. I've owned Chevys, Fords, and Toyotas and generally liked them all for different reasons. Each has annoying quirks. I drive an '11 F150 Crewcab 4x4 5.0 currently and have 150K on the odometer. I don't trust aluminium bodied trucks here in the South. We have too many hail storms. My neighbors 2017 F150 has been in the body shop twice due to 2 separate hail storms. My truck made it through the same hail storms unscathed. I also don't believe the Ecoboost can reach 150,000+ as inexpensively and trouble free as my 5.0. Not nearly as many carboned-up manifold or EGR problems in 5.0s vs the Ecoboost. I'll be upgrading my truck soon to either a 2014 F150 5.0 with less miles or a Chevy with 6.2L Corvette engine. No Tundra in my future....a Crew Cab with 6.5 foot bed is mandatory.

Incase nobody saw it, the top 3 are not American vehicles. Instead of bashing Ford like TNT,papa,and GMS do, you should be bashing your owns vehicles, this is a disgrace to America, our own vehicles can't match the over seas ones.....

Posted by: Nitro | Aug 3, 2018 7:00:33 AM

All the first chart says is people keep their trucks for about 7.5 years on average. IMO the fact a Tacoma owner keeps their truck 7 months longer than the owner of an F-150 statistically insignificant.

The outlier in this whole thing seems to be the F-350 at 7.7 vs the GM 3500's at about 6. I'm guessing that is mostly due to the speciality market like wreckers and service trucks.

People like me would skew the average. I bought my 2002 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew new and it's still going strong. I haven't had a truck payment in 13 years and with trucks being so expensive these days, I'll be driving this truck for at least another 2 more years while I save for a health down payment on my next one. I'm hoping for a new Ranger in 2020 or 2021.

Wages aren't keeping up with costs of vehicles, insurance and college tuition.

"So it's YOUR loss that I am going to stop coming in here and miss my intelligent and creative posts
Now you'll be stuck with imposters that copy the same talking points on their posts that others post cause they don't have the intelligence to think up anything interesting or creative themselves that offer no information, just insults!
Posted by: Ecoboost Rules"

As an Ecoboost owner I want to be the first to wish you farewell!

People like me would skew the average. I bought my 2002 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew new and it's still going strong. I haven't had a truck payment in 13 years and with trucks being so expensive these days, I'll be driving this truck for at least another 2 more years while I save for a health down payment on my next one. I'm hoping for a new Ranger in 2020 or 2021.

Wages aren't keeping up with costs of vehicles, insurance and college tuition.

I would argue that we are getting more value than ever. I remember cars from the '70s cost about as much in terms of how long the average person had to work for them but the seat covers and exhaust systems were only good for about 4 years, paint for 5 or 6, power windows were unreliable, they burned a lot more fuel and just needed a lot more maintenance all around. Not many lived to be as old as your current truck.

Great article, justifies what I have been stating for many years.

Toyota Tacoma has one of the most loyal following out there.

I kept my 2010 Tacoma and bought my 2016, which I plan to keep for a long time. I have no plans to give up my 2010!

@Wait
I agree that you get a bunch more truck these days with regards to quality, efficiency, safety, etc. But I can't get over the average transaction prices. The sticker on my 2002 F-150 Lariat SuperCrew was $32,400 (I paid $28,700). A couple of years ago I built the same spec truck on the Ford website with a cost of almost $48K!

I work as a draftsman/designer in an engineering department for a major global company, but my 2-3% raise that I get every year for the last decade or so barely covers the ever increasing cost of my family's health care coverage.

The prices on the full sizes trucks are just as bloated as their current sizes and that's exactly while I'll be shopping for a new mid-size for my next truck.... both for a reasonable size and price.

The average American is having a more difficult time affording a new vehicle. 1//3 of all people trading in vehicles for a new ones are upside down on their loans and terms are drawn out longer and longer. The average transaction price in the US is over $34K. Looming tariffs will only drive prices up even more on both foreign and domestic vehicles. I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see a collapse in the auto finance industry like we saw in 2007/2008 with homes.

Just my 2 cents!

TNT, no need to respond, I hardly come on here anymore. You are not worth responding too....

I'd like to see the breakdown by region, say rust belt versus west coast. Trucks that get heavy duty salt in the winter will be replaced sooner.
My personal experience, the last two trucks were kept 14 years and my current Nissan Frontier is going on 10 years.

@ Nitro

Yet you just did?? Wow!

@Ecoboost Rules
Thats a pretty childish response but if it means we'll all be saved from your silly claims about EcoBoost towing HD loads and "Hubcaps" as well as you tying respect to what kind of truck you drive, Then we will be all the better for your absence on this site.

Everyone notice how TNT takes the bait every time! Classic! So sorry he continues to have to defend himself.....

@ Nitro

Your truly hopeless. When have I had to defend myself? Get a grip man. Your losing it! Must be all that kool aide u drink. Pathetic

@Ecoboostbreaks

Informative? Facts? Please leave, you come off as a 12 year old. The other magazines rate them better? Because they don't do full blown towing and actual truck tests. GM wins because they are the best "Truck" not most luxurious or most car like.

You lost all credibility when you said PUTC is raving about the Ram yet nothing about he Ranger. It is because the ranger isn't even out yet or available to test you numb nut. Zip it, sales have zero to do with best as someone else put it in terms you being a 12 year old can understand with cheeseburgers.

Why can't we see real numbers on sales. How many half tons, 3/4 tons, 1 tons. How many sales are fleet sales. Give a better idea in understanding the numbers.

That won't tell you anything unless you have a weird fixation on half ton vs HD or business vs appearance buyers.

Why can't we see real numbers on sales. How many half tons, 3/4 tons, 1 tons. How many sales are fleet sales. Give a better idea in understanding the numbers....Posted by: truckinfo | Aug 7, 2018

@truckinfo

Typically the source of the manufacturing & sales data are the manufacturers themselves. They arrange the totals according to their own internal standards. Whether (or not) they decide to break-out the data is their decision entirely.

@ Brian in NC --I skew the average as well. Going on 20 years for 1 of my trucks.

@ Brian in NC --But I just spent thousands fixing rust on my 20 year old Izuzu truck that I seldom drive.

Cool.

Why would someone do that?

I knew Mark Williams would sensor my comments, he is totally biased. I do not have a 20 year old Isuzu I have a 99 S-10. I don't know if papajim is using my name or someone else but that has been typical of the comment section on this site. This was a much better site years ago.

@Brian in NC--I you like your 2002 F-150 and it is giving you good service then keep it. I wouldn't keep a vehicle I didn't like or wasn't giving me reliable service. As for the new Ranger that might be a good choice for you. It should sell well.



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