Vote: Is The Second Car Going Out Of Style?

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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Bloomberg and car analyst Itay Michaeli spotted a new trend: The second car could be going out of style, and this “may hurt U.S. auto sales,” Bloomberg says.

Indeed, “the average number of vehicles for every U.S. driver has declined since hitting a record in 2007.” Is it a new trend that “Americans are increasingly willing to settle for owning one car or truck?”

It looks to us like it is simply a phenomenon that occurs in most recessions (our grey overlay) when the number of vehicles per driver usually goes south.

However, excessive car ownership may indeed have plateaued. With more than 800 cars per thousand people, the U.S. is the country with the highest car ownership in the world. Other countries with wide open spaces, such as Canada, or Australia have much less.

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  • Sam P Sam P on Jun 24, 2012

    My wife and I each have a car. We're looking at picking up a used Toyota or Jeep 4x4 SUV as the 3rd vehicle in our fleet as our 3-series and Mini are pretty useless on Forest Service roads around where we live.

  • Andy D Andy D on Jun 24, 2012

    I run a pair 528es for daily drivers and a Ranger 4x4 for utility. I also have a home garaged work truck used strictly for work.

  • MaintenanceCosts This class of car competes hard with Chargers/Challengers and modded diesel pickups for the douchey-driving crown.
  • 28-Cars-Later Corey - I think I am going to issue a fatwa demanding a cool kids car meetup in July somewhere in the Ohio region.
  • Master Baiter Might as well light 50 $100 bills on fire.
  • Mike1041 At $300K per copy they may secure as much as 2 or 3 deposits of $1,000
  • Sgeffe Why on Earth can’t you just get the torque specs and do it yourself if you’re so-inclined?!