Tough economic times are changing the profile of the U.K.’s vehicle fleet, with the average car now 7.44 years old, about two months older than a year ago — suggesting cash-strapped motorists are keeping cars longer. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says over the past 10 years the total number of cars on U.K. roads has grown 9%, barely half the previous decade’s 17% increase. Through Dec. 31, 2011, total vehicle registrations in the country increased ...

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