By Jeff KingA new study by the National Safety Council shows that many sports cars are getting old and slow, with many of the most advanced cars having just 10,000 miles of driving history.
The safety council conducted the survey in December and found that more than half of sports car owners are not using their vehicles as often, or if they do, they are only doing so for a short time.
The study, based on data from the National Automobile Dealers Association, found that sports cars and light trucks are getting older and are far more likely to fail than other cars and trucks.
Some of the newer sports cars have more than 100,000 kilometres of driving experience.
But in the end, most owners are taking care of their cars and driving them as often as they can, said Mark Gorman, president of the National Association of Sport Car Dealers.
The new study found that about two-thirds of the vehicles tested were older than 50, and about half were older and less than 50 years old.
About one-quarter of the owners surveyed were owners of older cars, and just under a third were owners who had less than five years of experience.
Many owners don’t want to get rid of their vehicles and want to keep them going.
The survey found that nearly two-quarters of owners said they don’t intend to buy a new car for at least five years, with one-third saying they plan to buy their vehicle for the next five years.
In fact, nearly two in five owners are considering buying their car again after five years or more.
“If I have a problem, I have the option to repair it,” Gorman said.
“I’m not looking to have a huge financial burden.
I think people would do that if they were paying attention to the facts.”
The survey also found that only about half of owners are driving their vehicles at least a few hundred kilometres a year.
Nearly one-fifth said they drive fewer than 100 kilometres a day.
The average owner said he or she drives less than 60 kilometres a week.
The majority of owners, however, said they are willing to drive the vehicle on weekends.
The poll also found the average owners speed is still much lower than it used to be, at about 60 kilometres per hour.
The number of owners who drive less than 150 kilometres a month has increased, and more owners are willing than ever to speed up their daily driving.
“We are at a point in our sport car industry where people are willing and able to have their cars driven at the speed of the future,” G. Martin Raney, president and chief executive officer of the American Automobile Association, said in a statement.
“It is the drivers who are going to make the difference.
It’s not the car.”
More than half the owners of a new sports car said they had a bad day at work.
In the survey, owners who have a bad night at work have about three times the chance of a bad weekend than the average.
More than one-fourth of owners had an accident while driving their car.
And just under one-half of the drivers in the survey said they could not drive their car safely in the past five years and would like to.
Most owners said the vehicle is getting old.
“A lot of these owners have had to buy some new cars and have to do some maintenance,” Raney said.
He said some owners may need to buy new wheels and tires.
Some owners said there is no reason they can’t keep their sports car running.
“There’s nothing wrong with owning a sport car, but it needs to be used and maintained and used as a daily driver,” Gopher said.
Some cars are already equipped with high-tech safety features that will keep the car safe, such as electronic stability control.
Some have been redesigned to help drivers maintain a more controlled ride.
The latest models are equipped with air bags and anti-lock brakes, while some have more advanced safety features, including self-parking and electronic stability controls.
There is also a system that can detect when the car is about to stall and can automatically stop the vehicle.
“The owners will not have to worry about having their car run over by an emergency vehicle,” Raley said.
Ownership of a sports car can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000, depending on the model, according to the National Insurance Institute.
The National Safety Act, passed in 2006, allows owners to have two cars with the same manufacturer’s name and number and a combined gross vehicle weight rating of over 500,000 kilograms.
Owners can sell their sport car for up to $15,000 and have it used for up for life.
In a survey of more than 4,000 owners, about two in three said they want to buy or lease a sports vehicle.
The next survey, to be released in the fall, will look at the types of vehicles and owners, including whether the owners drive more than one vehicle.