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Stats of our lives: America's aging cars

On America's roads, the typical car is more than a decade old — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures

240.5 millionCars and trucks registered in the U.S. in 2011

11.1Average age, in years, of those cars

8.4Average age, in years, of a car in 1995. These days, the recession has played a "huge role" in deterring Americans from buying new cars, while "improved technology" has also made cars more durable.

Sources: AP, TIME