Because shitty northern states salt the roads, and cause cars to rust into pieces when they're barely over 10 years old. Most Americans that aren't stuck in apartments can also afford to have a small fleet of cars, even if they're poor.
I live in the south, though, so here you more want the beater for the rainy summer, while winter/dry season is the time to bring out the nice cars.>>26104538
This too, engine size doesn't matter here and even the biggest poorfags can still afford to drive a 10mpg truck. In some cases insurance might even be cheaper, too.