Show the deterioration in the quality of the stuff we buy. My 1970 Dodge Dart lasted almost 25 years, on the original engine, not re-built, more than 223,000 miles. And I have to admit it wasn't well cared. In the early years, I couldn't always afford oil changes, so it sometimes went 9 months between oil changes. However, I did drive it gently. Gentle stops and starts, not speeding.
Some people refer to declining prices of stuff, relative to inflation, but don't mention the declining quality, so you have to buy more of them.
By Eric Pfeiffer Apr. 2, 2012
These days, most people consider themselves lucky if a new car lasts 5 to 10 years. Make it to 100,000 miles in your vehicle, and the car company might make a commercial about you. That makes 93-year-old Rachel Veitch a notable exception. Veitch is retiring her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente after more than 576,000 miles on the road.
"I am legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot," Veitch told FoxNews.com. "They don't have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again." The car itself is fine, but Veitch has macular degeneration in both her eyes, making her legally blind. After running a red light in March, she decided to voluntarily give up the vehicle she's been driving since Lyndon Johnson occupied the White House.
"I have taken it in stride," she said. "I don't have cancer, I don't have Lou Gehrig's disease. I am lucky."