In these modern times, some cars will cover miles for as long as you want them to, I mean subject to servicing and that providing the cost of repairs doesn’t outstrip the actual cars value in monetary terms, then you should be good to go until it catches fire.
Now, before we begin, let me give you some benchmarks for massive distances, a trip around the entire Earth is a distance of 24,900 miles, this includes all of the soggy bits that you cannot drive over, but you get the picture. Now for a really long journey, the next one takes the trophy, the journey from Earth to the Moon, 238,900 miles, yep it’s a long one, this coupled with the fact that there are no roads or petrol stations in space may make this journey a difficult one.
Searching Autotrader UK for high miles is not actually that simple, the cars I have chosen had to fulfil the following criteria, they have to be for sale (clearly), they must be road worthy and finally, the mileage must be verified on the DVLA’s MOT history checker.
The Toyota Avensis 1.8 VVT-i T2 – 360,000 miles
The Toyota Avensis, the staple diet of mini-cab drivers and retired people throughout the UK. This particular example is oddly powered by a petrol engine.
For a mere £499 this bargain can be yours, 12 months MOT is included and the bodywork is described as ‘Average’ which is obvious given that this humble Toyota has circumnavigated the Earth more than fourteen times during its hard life, if you took it to the moon, you would get there, but the return journey would mean floating in space unable to make it home.
A quick MOT history check reveals that the mileage is indeed genuine, having being driven around 32.7k miles per year since it rolled out of the factory, essentially this Toyota has been driven around 90 miles for each and every day since it was built.
The Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI SE Estate – 345,000 miles
The Volkswagen Passat, this one is a 1998 model that is a former London Ambulance car. No idea why the car has all the war-paint all over it, this war-paint oddly includes three stripes on the bonnet for some reason.
This Passat when newly produced a rather slow and cumbersome 110bhp, I suspect now that after many years and many hard miles in the hands of a “drive it like you stole it” Ambulance crews, many of the horsepower’s have possibly got up and left.
This car has at some point in its long and stressful life been written off, its listed a category C which is not the worst, I think worse is fire damage which nobody wants that. Listed at a bargain price of £650 with free warpaint, what’s not to like.
Only 13 round the Earth trips for this car, again a trip to the moon would be a one-way journey leaving you well and truly stranded in the Earth’s atmosphere bumping into the Fox Sports satellite.
The Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI PD Classic – 332,000 miles
The final entry is the Skoda Octavia, to anyone from the United States, this is the Passat in a Czech fitted suit, the two cars share the same platform. This Skoda rolled off the Czech production line in 2007; this makes it the newest car here so it has been the busiest over the years.
The reason for all these miles, this Skoda is listed as an Ex-taxi, meaning that it has been driven non-stop. The result of all this taxiing, a new engine and gearbox have been fitted, no confirmation as to when this event occurred, but undoubtedly this was the result of a massive explosion.
The Skoda has an MOT until December 2016, again here I strongly suspect that like its Passat brother, that most of the 105bhp has got up and left the engine.
Given for that fact that it’s only been around the globe thirteen times and as like all the other cars here, you would be stranded in space trying to get back from the Moon, this Skoda is pretty tidy looking, priced at a snip for £650, grab a bargain why don’t you………..