I think rust is a big player in that where you are. Every time I travel to the midwest or east coast I think it's amazing how new all the cars are. I will never forget my first work trip out of college up to upstate New York. I saw current generation cars with rusted through fenders. That just doesn't happen in CO/AZ - not even to 15 year old cars. It's a totally different population of vehicles on the road.If anything I have been the complete opposite.
When I was younger in college I was not as active here or at least was broke and couldn't do much beyond drive the vehicle.
Now that I have some more $ and time to invest into this vehicle I am doing it right.
My co-workers do not believe how much time I am able to put into the vehicle even with a career and family at home.
You have to be willing to give up all useless television, video games, general lazyness and stay up very late working on the vehicle.
Most people I talk with don't have the self control or motivation to give up such things as TV, social media, drinking, ect..
As time goes on I see less and less interesting old vehicles on the road.
Will be a nice feeling once I am able to daily drive mine again, I see zero MK3's or MK4's on the road around here.
Too many good vehicles out there hiding in garages being neglected.
Cars are meant to be used as intended, not become a trophy that never sees daylight.
Other areas of the country do not match what is happening here, thank goodness.