Dexter Mills is the proprietor of a 2000 Honda Accord that, frankly, seems to be similar to the remainder of 'em on the street. Handily, it is averted any main collisions and it seems to be to be primarily dent-free—even the paint is in fine condition for being practically 20 years outdated. Not a lot separates it from the widespread sedan you'd see driving round city, aside from the truth that it is traveled over a million miles throughout its lifetime.
Mills informed native information outlet WRAL that he pulled over to snap a photograph of his Honda's odometer because it reached 999,999 miles. He purchased the automotive new however actually began piling on the miles in 2006 when he started driving it as his main work automobile.
Mills is a self-employed automobile inspector and makes use of the Honda to journey throughout North Carolina to retailers and dealerships, clocking 65,000 miles a 12 months within the course of. The gap hasn’t been as exhausting on the automotive as you may anticipate: The Accord has had two engine replacements, one at 375,000 miles and one other at 695,000 miles. Most different upkeep has been carried out by Mills himself, and even with the odometer frozen within the stratosphere, the automotive achieves gasoline financial system numbers which might be aggressive with many new autos, averaging round 450 miles per tank.
Honda and Toyota dominate the record of autos that individuals hold the longest and we’ve been listening to extra tales of vehicles and vans hitting the million-mile mark in latest months. A typical theme amongst the entire million-milers is that every one routine and preventative upkeep is finished commonly and on time. A cautious driving model is a minimum of partially to thank as properly, with Mills crediting among the Accord’s longevity to his mild proper foot.
Although the automotive has been greater than form to him, Mills says the time has come for a brand new set of wheels.
"I am somewhat unhappy, however I believe it’s time to let it relaxation, let it retire," he stated. "It’s been a wonderful automotive.”
Mills thinks his subsequent automobile buy can be an SUV however hasn’t selected a make and mannequin but.