What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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Are you shopping for a pre-owned vehicle for your Defiance lifestyle? If so, you might be curious about what is considered good mileage on a used car. While many Lima drivers may think you should shy away from a used carwith over 100,000 miles, that isn’t necessarily always true. If the vehicle has been taken good care of and maintained well, it could still be an excellent buy. Learn more here in this helpful guide from Exceptional Motorcar.



Things to Consider When Shopping for a Used Car

When shopping for a used car, there are several other factors to consider aside from just mileage:

  • Maintenance – Check the vehicle’s maintenance history to ensure it has had routine services, such as oil changes. An irregular service history may signify expensive problems in the future.
  • Usage – A car driven 80,000 miles in constant stop-and-go traffic will wear down faster than one with 80,000 Toledo highway miles. Be sure to ask about the previous owner’s driving history before you purchase any used car.
  • Condition – Ask a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust. Don’t forget to add the cost of repairs into your budget.
  • Location – Vehicles driven in a dry and warm locale will experience less stress than vehicles driven in a cold, wet climate.

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

There is no one answer to the question, “What is good mileage on a used car?” because of all the other things to consider. It’s best to think about how much more mileage you’ll get from your used car. If a used car has 50,000 miles and seems to work pretty well, it’s likely a good buy. However, a cheap pre-owned vehicle with 100,000 miles could last you another four years as long as it’s in decent condition and you keep up on maintenance. The typical driver puts about 12,000 miles per year on their car, so keep this in mind when estimating how much more mileage you might get out of the vehicle.

Mileage vs. Age

A newer car with high mileage may be better than a low-mileage older car. Take these factors into consideration when shopping:

  • A vehicle that hasn’t been driven regularly may have higher repair costs. Problems with rubber seals and gaskets can develop if the car wasn’t driven regularly.
  • A vehicle with well-documented maintenance will be more reliable than one that’s been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles typically cost more.

You might want to consider a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle if you want to purchase a like-new, low-mileage car.

Shop for Used Car at Exceptional MotorcarToday

Now that we’ve answered the question, “What is good mileage for a used car?” remember that there’s more to consider than just the mileage when shopping for your next used SUV, car, or truck. We invite you to browse our used vehicle specials to see if you can get a great deal! Contact us today and let us know how we can help.


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