How many miles do you put on your car a year? If you are considered part of the normal average, a car will see 12,000 miles per year. Apparently, Victor Sheppard didn’t get the memo. Instead, he averages over 125,000 miles per year, resulting in over one million miles logged on the odometer of his 2007 Toyota Tundra.
According to Toyota, Sheppard covers this insane amount of miles thanks to regular trips between his home in Louisiana to North Dakota, Wyoming, and Virginia for work. Surprisingly, the truck carries the original engine and transmission, along with the same paint from the factory. Not much in the way of major maintenance was required, aside from regular maintenance including timing belts, oil changes, and the automaker’s scheduled checkups. After breaching the seven-figure mark, Sheppard calculated the 2007 Tundra visited the dealer 117 times over the past nine years.
Million Mile Toyota Tundra Odometer
While this is an impressive feat for both the driver and the truck, the Tundra is now potentially an invaluable source of longevity and reliability insight for the Japanese manufacturer. To coax Sheppard out of the driver’s seat, the automaker handed him the keys to a brand-new 2016 Toyota Tundra in exchange.
The old Tundra will be disassembled over the course of a few months, with engineers examining every component of the truck from bumper to bumper. Toyota hopes to incorporate the information gleaned from the weatherbeaten truck into future product development.