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Microsoft Summer Intern Interview Question (student candidate)

I interviewed in Seattle, WA and was asked:
"How many new cars, on average, are bought in the US each year?"
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Given a total pop of 300M, I guess 75% are 16 or older (225M). Of those, maybe 40% drive a car (90M). Now assume a new person buys a new car every five years, or 90M * 1/5 = 18M. That was my answer and the guy said I was quite close.
- Interview Candidate on Nov 28, 2012

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