Take the sentence below:

A bike has been in our family for 9 years. My dad used (1) it for the first five, and I have used (2) it for the last four years.

While that was correct, I initially wrote (1) as "has used". I justified it by thinking that the father stopped using the bike 4 years ago. Up until the point where the statement is made, 4 years later, the dad has just used it for five years. The duration hasn't increased since he completely stopped.

Can I interpret it that way?

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Well, I believe it's best to switch the first part of the statement into a past form if you wish to use "has".

That would make it: had used

The present tense for a point in the past "has used" is a bit awkward considering that this event is well into the past.

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