reports that the folks at Honda decided to throw a surprise party for Joe LoCicero, the owner of the car. During the surprise event, they presented him with a brand new 2012 Honda Accord.
LoCicero bought the car used with 74,000 miles on it back in 1996, according to the Associated Press
. He was able to keep the car running for so long due to his mechanical expertise and performing maintenance when it was needed. He drove the vehicle regularly throughout the northeast to inspect other vehicles for lease terms and warranty claims.
A local auto group learned about the car back in August 2010 when it had racked up 938,000 miles. They notified Honda's ad agency, saying that the car had a very realistic chance of reaching the one million mile mark. Honda decided to set up a website to track the car's progress.
He has been given the nickname, "Million Mile Joe
," and refers to his old car as, "True Blue," for its faded blue exterior.
To provide further perspective on this amazing feat, the car has driven equivalent to 40 times around the world. It has driven the equivalent distance of making four trips to the moon and back. Also, it would take the average driver 80 years to rack up this mileage.
Now that LoCicero has received the new car, he says that he has tried to sell his old car to different dealers, but so far has not been given an offer.