Canadian Car Culture Research
Canadians spend less on vehicles as compared with Americans. Canadians prefer big and heavy vehicles such as trucks while Americans prefer crossovers. Canadians keep their vehicles longer than Americans.
1) Vehicle Expenses
- Canadians spend less on vehicles as compared with Americans.
- According to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants' study, Canadians spend an average of $796 for vehicle maintenance in a year.
- On the other hand, AAA research shows that an average American spends $1,186 for vehicle maintenance in a year.
- This shows that Canadians "see vehicles as a necessary evil" and will only spend the "acceptable" amount of money on their vehicles.
2) Type of Vehicles
- According to the International Energy Agency report, Canadians are fond of big and heavy cars such as trucks while Americans are likely to buy crossovers and luxury cars.
- According to Statista, crossovers are the favorite car type in the United States. In February 2020, crossovers accounted for more than 40% of vehicle sales in the United States.
- Large cars accounted for only 0.8% of vehicle sales in the United States.
- According to CBC, 80 percent of Canada vehicle sales in 2019 were vans, trucks, and SUVs.
3) Vehicle Life Expectancy
- According to The Star, "the average life expectancy of a vehicle in Canada is 12.88 years, compared to 15.36 years in the U.S."
- Canadians are likely to trade in their vehicles after 6.4 years while Americans are likely to trade in their vehicles after 5.1 years.
- A car in Canada has just three drivers as opposed to four in the United States.