What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?


When shopping for any pre-owned model, a few things must be considered. From the interior and exterior condition to the status under the hood, you want to be thorough in your examination of your potential new-to-you ride. Another highly important factor when discerning which model you should invest your hard-earned money in is the mileage. 

What is good mileage on a used car? In the past, any mechanic would have told you that an odometer with under 100,000 miles would be considered good mileage for a used car. Today, things have changed. Thanks to bounding leaps forward in both auto manufacturing and maintenance technology, well-maintained cars can last for well over 100,000 and ride like new. Along with discovering what is good mileage on a used car, take a look at how age, location, and usage can impact the quality of a used vehicle

Beyond the Miles: The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

In addition to being mindful of what is good mileage for a used car, you’ll want to consider the following factors before you buy:

  • Usage – Understanding the driving history of the previous owner is critical, as not every mile produces the same amount of wear and tear on a vehicle. A car driven most often in stop-and-go traffic will be more likely to breakdown than one that has the same mileage from open-road highway driving. 
  • Location – Climate can impact vehicle health far more than many Doral drivers realize. Cars that were driven in cold and wet climates will have much more stress on their components than those driven in warm and dry areas. 
  • Condition – Having a trusted Hialeah mechanic inspect any used vehicle you are considering, (especially from a private seller) can offer peace of mind and functions as a safety net against major maintenance concerns that may arise. 
  • Maintenance – A vehicle with a strong maintenance history is favorable over one with a spotty service record. A vehicle that has been well maintained is a much stronger investment and can enhance your Kendall commutes for years to come!

Mileage vs. Age 

While opting for a vehicle with less mileage may seem like a no-brainer, a newer car with high miles may be the best investment. An older car with low mileage could have a bevy of maintenance concerns laying dormant. Be mindful of the following as you take on your vehicle hunt:

  • Vehicles that have sat idle for long periods of time will often have high repair bills. Damage to rubber seals and gaskets along major mechanical issues can develop over time in a vehicle that is not being driven regularly.
  • If you have the option to pick a model with a well-documented service history, that is the way to go compared to one that has gaps in its maintenance record. 
  • While lower miles can be attractive, those models often come with higher price tags

Looking for a way to offset the cost of your pre-owned purchase? You can discover the potential value of your trade on our site to see what you can gain from letting us buy your car!

Find Pre-Owned Cars for Sale in Miami

Now that you know what is considered good mileage for a used car, you may be ready to buy. You can apply for financing online for easy pre-approval or you can contact us if you would like one-on-one guidance. We look forward to getting you behind the wheel of a reliable pre-owned model that ticks off every item on your wishlist today!

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