Define "life of the car."
Hell, when I was growing up, when one of the headlights burned out it was time to trade!
It might take a while, but you can find that "diamond in the rough" like we did after some dicouraging searching. The first three black '93 we looked at ranged from dented to needing work to being torn apart. Then, the next morning after calling on an ad that wasn't very descriptive, and talking to the owner who was very honest about not knowing much about the actual shape of the car (it was in his driveway, but very dirty, and always cared for by other people)--we had a weird feeling. While the first three tarted their nasty Caddy's up to be some of the best when they actually were awful, this guy who knew little had the best Fleetwood of the lot.
Not to mention, WE ONLY PAID $4,500 for this flawless gem! It's gorgeous, and now the best cared for car out of our three. I used to keep the new black Avalanche spotless day in and day out, but now the all white Caddy has me spoiled and in love.
You'll find one somewhere, sometime--I guarantee it!