What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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When you start your search for the perfect used car, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choices. Many Waterford drivers ask us “What is good mileage on a used car?” The answer is more complicated than a single number. While the old rule of thumb was to choose a car under 100,000 miles, modern cars are safer and more reliable than ever before. A well-maintained car may last well into the 200,000 mile mark! Learn all about good mileage for a used car and explore the other factors that matter most with Old Saybrook Hyundai.

Choosing Your Used Car

Determining what is good mileage on a used car is important, but it’s one part of the used car package. A low mileage car might be a great buy, but you’ll want to investigate the following categories as well to ensure that your car is the right pick.

  • Usage – Was this car driven on the highways or in the city? Was it used for off-roading or towing? A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic has far more wear and tear than one driven 75,000 miles on the Madison highway. Try to get the previous owner’s driving history before you buy.
  • Location – What climate was the car in? Dry, warm weather is less stressful on a car than wet, cold weather or extreme heat.
  • Condition – If possible, get a certified mechanic to check over any used model that you are considering. You might be able to spot some issues on your own, but a trained pro can catch things you might miss.
  • Maintenance – An irregular service history can lead to costly repairs down the road. Always prioritize a well-maintained vehicle over one with missing maintenance reports.

Good Mileage for a Used Car

As you can tell, good mileage for a used car is just one part of the equation. For example, a car with 50,000 miles could be a great buy if well-maintained and in good condition. But, it could be a poor buy if it has been neglected over the years. We recommend thinking about how many miles are potentially left on the car, rather than how many have been driven. A used car with 100,000 miles might have four more years of life left in it – and it could be the perfect vehicle for a driver on a budget.

Mileage vs. Age

The average driver logs around 12,000 miles per year, so you can use this figure to compare the car’s age vs. mileage. You might be surprised to hear that a newer high-mileage car might be a better buy than a lower-mileage older car. Why?

  • Cars perform better when driven regularly. When a car sits in the garage unused, it can develop issues with rubber seals and gaskets – which can be costly repairs.
  • Maintenance is key. A neglected vehicle is more likely to have hidden issues, while a well-maintained car will be more reliable.
  • Lower mileage vehicles are almost always more expensive than higher mileage options. If you’re buying on a tight budget, you might get a better deal by looking beyond mileage.
  • Want a used car with a few extra assurances? Consider a Certified Pre-Owned model.

Find Your Next Vehicle at Old Saybrook Hyundai

Now that you know all about the factors that matter, start shopping at Old Saybrook Hyundai. Our team is ready to help you find just the right model for your needs and budget, so contact us with any questions.



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