Driver Hangs Up Keys After 576K Miles in One Car
Rachel Veitch, 93, has failing eyesight
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 3, 2012 3:31 PM CDT
Updated Apr 8, 2012 7:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Her eyesight failing her, a 93-year-old woman is quitting the road—which means her 1964 Mercury could be yours. It's got 576,000 miles on it, but it seems to have served Rachel Veitch well: She's the only person ever to have owned it, Fox News reports. The car cost her $3,289 when she bought it; after 18 batteries and eight mufflers, it's been appraised at some $12,000.

How has she kept it running through three marriages? Passionate care, Fox News notes. "When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date, and how many miles per gallon I got," she says. "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands." That passion earned her an appearance on the Tonight Show in 2010. "I haven't talked to Jay Leno yet, but I'm wondering if he's interested," she says. (In other awesome car news, a $279,000 flying car has completed its first flight.)

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Apr 9, 2012 12:06 AM CDT
Any car can last for hundreds of thousands of miles, with proper care. I drove a '71 Buick Skylark for over twenty years before I sold it to a kid who wanted to rebuild it as a street rod. Regular maintenance and a light foot can do wonders for the longevity of a car.
Apr 4, 2012 2:38 PM CDT
Cars last a long time as long as you maintain it and drive it reasonably. When I buy a car I expect at least 15yrs from it, it's easy to do.
Apr 4, 2012 6:23 AM CDT
I had a 1999 Toyota Tacoma with 343,000 miles on it when Toyota bought it back for frame rust warranty. Best vehicle I have ever owned. Never let me down, except for the big gaping hole in the frame. ;)