What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

A low-mileage used RAM 1500 driving on an open road

When shopping for a used car, many Marshalltown drivers first take a look at a used car’s physical and mechanical condition. While both of these areas are important, another factor you want to consider is mileage. In the past, most drivers avoided buying a used car that had more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, and that was recommended by industry experts. Now, thanks to advancements in automotive technology, a well-maintained vehicle that exceeds the 100,000-mile mark can still be an excellent buy for many Cedar Rapids drivers. Before you make a final decision on a pre-owned vehicle, be sure to take a look at the condition, location, and usage. Thys Automotive Family has the details on how to make the most out of your used car shopping experience.

How to Shop for a Used Car

Along with checking the odometer, you will want to evaluate the vehicle based on usage, location, condition, and maintenance record:

  • Usage – Why should you know the previous owner’s driving history? A car primarily driven in stop and go traffic can experience more wear and tear than one that is primarily driven on the open highway, even if they have traveled the same amount of miles.
  • Location – Driving in a warm, dry climate is less stressful on a vehicle than driving in cold, wet areas.
  • Condition – Always have a used car inspected by a professional. The vehicle you choose may need a bit of work, but that does not mean it is a bad choice. Just keep in mind that those repair costs should be factored into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Make sure that the previous owner kept up with the recommended maintenance. If not, it can be a sign that the vehicle may require major repairs down the road.

Mileage vs. Age

Is it better to buy a high-mileage new car, or a low-mileage, older vehicle? It really depends on how the vehicle was taken care of.

  • Although a vehicle may not have a lot of miles on it, there can still be mechanical issues or problems with rubber seals and gaskets. A vehicle can actually still wear down even when it sits idle for extended periods of time.
  • It is best to choose a used car with a well-documented maintenance history.
  • Cars with fewer miles on the odometer are often more expensive.

Find the Perfect Used Car at Thys Automotive Family

When you shop with Thys Automotive Family, you have a plethora of great options available to you. There really is something for everyone at our dealership. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us. In the meantime, be sure to take a look at our current used car specials.

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