We often talk about Toyota's legendary reliability, but how far can one Toyota really go? The average car is ready to drop around the 200,000-mile mark. Victor Sheppard's 2007 Toyota Tundra surpassed 1,000,000 miles.

Sheppard's job takes him all across the country, and he tallies up the mileage fast -- 125,000 per year on average.

His Tundra has gained local-celebrity status, and was showcased in Toyota's outdoor truck display at the Texas State Fair in 2012, and makes regular appearances on his local dealership's Facebook page. This month, it also caught the attention of Toyota's Chief Truck Engineer, Mike Sweers.

Sweers wanted that Tundra.

"Having a million-mile truck in as pristine condition as this one with original parts is a truly rare find," he said. "Our team plans to tear down the entire truck, bumper-to-bumper, top-to-bottom to evaluate how the quality and safety we designed, engineered and built into the Tundra has held up to over one-million miles of real-world driving and help us continue providing ever-better vehicles for our customers."

You would think after 1 million miles behind the wheel, Sheppard might feel too sentimental to simply hand over his truck to be torn apart and studied like a fetal pig in biology class. To sweeten the deal, Toyota traded him a brand-new 2016 Toyota Tundra instead.


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