According to Tori.fi, replacing a 12-year-old petrol car with a five-year-old car reduces emissions by more than a fifth on average.
Cars Aging is the biggest cause of traffic emissions problems in Finland, and new car sales are not currently the solution to the problem, says the Tori.fi store owned by Norwegian Schibsted.
According to statistics collected by the store, only about 40 percent of the current car fleet has been purchased in the last ten years. The car fleet has been out of date for thirteen years, and according to Tori.fi, it is the biggest obstacle to the green development of Finnish motoring.
In Finland, the average petrol-powered passenger car pollutes the environment on average 32 percent more than the 2020 petrol car.
“We want to develop Finnish motoring to be more and more environmentally friendly. There is one superior way to do this: rejuvenate the car fleet. As the average age of the passenger car fleet has risen steadily since 2008, it is clear that current habits are not leading to the desired development, ”says Tori.fi’s car manager. Jenni Tuomisto in the bulletin.
“People’s purchasing decisions are driven by one superior factor: price. A more affordable option is needed to rejuvenate the average age of cars. That option is used cars, ”says Tuomisto.
According to Tori.fi’s calculations, replacing a car with a used one significantly reduces the car’s CO2 emissions. When a Finn exchanges his 12-year-old petrol car, for example, for a five-year-old petrol car, in principle, the CO2 emissions of his car are reduced by an average of 23.5 per cent, depending on the store.
About 580,000 used cars are sold in Finland every year. Last year, 1.3 per cent more used cars were bought than in the previous year. Trade accelerated towards the end of the year. For example, in December last year, 14.3 percent more used cars were purchased than a year earlier.
At the same time, the new car trade has suffered significantly from the interest rate crisis. Last year, almost 96,500 new cars were purchased, which is almost 18,000 fewer cars than in 2019.