In its 20 years of providing roadside service, here are AutoVantage's Top 5 problems on the road, garnered from more than 1 million roadside assistance dispatches:

  1. Breakdowns requiring tows (60%)
  2. Lockouts (12%)
  3. Jumpstarts (10%)
  4. Tire changes (9%)
  5. Fuel deliveries (1%)

Other auto insights from the experts at AutoVantage:

  • Car life spans continue to improve. In 1977, half of the vehicles had a life expectancy of 10.5 years and 107,000 miles. By 1990, 50% survived from 12.5 years and 127,000 miles, and now average car life expectancies are 13 years and 152,000 miles.
  • It's estimated that there's nearly one car for every American of driving age.
  • Median automobile age is nine years.
  • Number of those reaching driving age is the largest since the Baby Boom.
  • Average new car spend: $22,600.
  • Average used car spend: $9,000.
  • Average auto loan length: five years.
  • Estimated cars in use in the U.S: 135 million.
  • Average annual car maintenance costs: $650.