Back in the day, people used to buy a car and hold on to it for the rest of their lives. However, vehicles have become more available for the masses, so people can more easily get a new one in a few years’ time.
But what if you like your car and don’t want to change? Then it’d probably have to be something reliable that won’t have you visiting your local service shop too frequently as it gets older. Something like this Skoda Octavia Mk2, for example.
The Octavia came to life in 2007 and has been driven for some 7,000 km (4,350 miles) each month, on average, ever since. That might not seem like a big achievement, but the odometer currently shows 940,000 km (584,088 miles), and that’s truly impressive.
CarsIreland briefly covered the story in one of their videos recently, taking it to a Skoda dealer for a quick assessment. The representative wasn’t exactly impressed, stating that, if properly serviced, almost all cars can eventually clock 1 million kilometers (620k miles), or more.
For an extremely high mileage car born some 11 years ago, this Octavia is still surprisingly good to drive. And, as the reviewer points out, it may not have a touchscreen infotainment system or Bluetooth music streaming.
Then again, smartphones weren’t around back then, and it still has some comfort features such as air conditioning and power windows, alongside the mandatory power steering and ABS, and that’s pretty much sufficient for a relaxing experience behind the wheel. Certainly relaxing enough to cover half a million miles in it.