Source: Ward's Automotive Group.
- Consumers tend to use and keep their vehicles for a longer period of time. While as early as 2001, consumers where keeping their car on average for 34 months, this figure surged to 60 months in 2009.
- The mechanical reliability and durability of vehicles has improved, which is reflected in the median age of cars, which has doubled between 1970 (about 5 years) and 2013 (about 11 years).
- Since 2007, economic difficulties and the unfolding recession had a strong negative impacts on vehicle sales, which have plummeted. This was associated with the bankruptcy or near bankruptcy of major car manufacturers (e.g. GM) and their suppliers. The average American consumer has seen little, if any change in income.
- The younger generations are less prone to use the automobile and rely more on public transit.