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Old 05-28-2023, 08:59 AM   #1
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miles in your future? One of these may be the car for you. Volvo for me.

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Very few of them would survive 500,000 miles on UK roads unless you were doing about 30,000 miles a year
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I think that would be the same for certain areas here, like Michigan among others. We're fortunate to have pretty good roads in Texas, partly due to not having the extreme winters except up in the panhandle. I wish I'd bought a different Volvo back in the 70's and kept it till now. I'd probably have at least one high mileage badge for it. And IPD could have been a good friend to have too.
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I wish I still had my old Volvo 144. The first car I ever owned where the odometer registered beyond 99,999 miles.
The problem in the UK is not so much the state of the roads but the salt they put down all winter. Sometimes every night for weeks.
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It's not just the salt, it's the constant cold, damp, humid conditions. We only really get a few months of decent weather, most of the time it's just cold, wet or both. Cars have a rough life here, I think the average age of a car is 7 years. Things like annual safety inspections (MOT) also force people to scrap cars sooner as repairs become more frequent and costly.
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Then another plus in favor of long life in Texas will happen when they get rid of the annual safety inspection.
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Then another plus in favor of long life in Texas will happen when they get rid of the annual safety inspection.
So how do the elderly and people who are always busy know if thier brake pipes are corroded, or they have a bulge on the inside of their tyre? Or snapped drop links? Cars need to be inspected regularly. Just two weeks ago I had a spring snap on me.
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I remember the days before MOT tests. Cars were held together with string. My Dad had a 20-year-old Hillman Minx which would never pass an MOT today. The test was introduced in 1960, requiring vehicles to undergo a first check after 10 years. It was changed in 1967 to 3 years.
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Do you follow the "just rolled in series" on YouTube? Shocking to see some of the cars in the states that drive on public roads. Some are so rusty, the bottom of the B pillar isn't even attached to the sill, and the drivers seatbelt just flaps around in the air. The driver's door is the only thing holding the car together. And you can see the road though the floor pan.
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So how do the elderly and people who are always busy know if thier brake pipes are corroded, or they have a bulge on the inside of their tyre? Or snapped drop links? Cars need to be inspected regularly. Just two weeks ago I had a spring snap on me.
Good question. The states(NJ and Pennsylvania) I've lived in with a car have regular safety and emission testing. The state sites in NJ don't put the car on a lift, but they did do a brake test on a 'skid' pad.

South Carolina doesn't have them, but I did pass through a random safety check point the police set up there. I imagine it's a bare minimum of do the lights work and the tires not bald.

The best part of Texans calling for the end of the test is that the bill doesn't get rid of the fee. In their defense of calling for the end, is that there seems to be a lot of corruption with the private shops passing unsafe cars.
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