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What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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If you’re considering multiple used car options for your next vehicle, you may be wondering what is good mileage on a used car? While 100,000 miles used to be considered too much, that isn’t necessarily a hard and fast rule anymore, thanks to advances in automotive technology. In addition to looking at mileage, you also want to check a used car’s physical and mechanical condition before making a decision. Even with higher mileage, if a particular car has been well-maintained it could prove itself to be a good buy. Before taking your pick, review some of our tips on buying a used car below!

Weighing All Used Car Factors

When you’re searching the Roslyn area for a high-quality used car, there are a few different things you want to keep in mind before signing on the dotted line:

  • Mileage and Usage – Mileage isn’t the only factor that matters, it also matters how those miles were accumulated. A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway. If you’re able to, find out the previous owners driving history.
  • Origin – Driving in a dry, warm climate, causes less stress on a vehicle than a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – You’ll want to get the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic who can detect issues, such as mechanical problems or rust and provide an estimate for repairs. Figure these costs into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Following regular recommended maintenance does a lot to prevent issues down the road. See if you can get a copy of the maintenance records.

Age vs. Mileage

Depending on the vehicle, a newer car with high mileage may well be a better choice than a low-mileage older car. Make sure to take these factors into account when buying:

  • Lower mileage cars often sport a higher price tag.
  • Sitting for long periods can also be hard on a vehicle, and lead to higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop if a car isn’t driven on a regular basis.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is considered more reliable than a model that has been neglected.

If your goal is to purchase a like-new, low-mileage vehicle, you may want to look into certified pre-owned vehicles vs. used.

View Our Used Car Inventory at Rallye Motors!

When you need help choosing the right used vehicle for your needs, turn to Rallye Motors! Not only do we offer a great selection, we can also help give advice on the car buying process and finding a model that meets your needs.

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