What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

odometer displaying higher mileage on used car


When you are looking for a new-to-you vehicle, you will want to assess the mechanical and physical condition as best as you can. Looking around Hamburg for low mileage used cars for sale is a great first step, and the hunt usually begins under the 100,000-mile range, but that isn’t the only factor to consider.

In the ideal situation, and what you can find with the help of Robert Basil Cadillac, is a vehicle that has been well taken care of and that was on point with the regular maintenance schedule. There are a few other things to consider when you are looking for a used vehicle from East Aurora and West Seneca dealers. Condition, usage, and location all affect the capabilities of a vehicle whether it is heavily or lightly driven.

What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

When you are on the hunt, there are a few factors to think about other than considering good mileage for a used car. When you check on a used vehicle, explore these as well:

  • Usage – If the vehicle was driven 75,000 miles in stop-and-go traffic, it will likely wear down sooner than one that was driven 75,000 miles on the open highway. If the previous owner kept a record of their driving history, this can help you confirm the vehicle’s level of wear and tear.
  • Condition – If you can, have a certified mechanic inspect the vehicle. Someone with an experienced eye can catch issues you may not notice. Mechanical problems or rust may cause issues, and the cost of repairs should be factored into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Another record worth confirming with a previous owner is the history of the vehicle. You can be certain that it was kept up to date on routine maintenance. If a vehicle isn’t well taken care of and has an irregular service history, it could lead to problems in the future that can be more expensive.
  • Location – If the car was driven in an area with a mild climate that is usually dry and a bit warmer, it will have less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet, or humid climate.

How to Determine What is Good Mileage for a Used Car

Ultimately, there’s no standard answer to the question, “What is good mileage on a used car?” As you now know, there are a few different factors to consider. When you are looking for a used vehicle, you may want to think about the mileage you hope to get out of it.

A vehicle with 50,000 miles may be a good buy, but a cheaper used vehicle with a higher mileage may be able to last you another four years if it’s in decent condition. The average mileage accumulated per year is 12,000 miles, and this is an important number to keep in mind when you are evaluating the future usage of a vehicle.

Comparing Mileage vs. Age

A newer vehicle with high mileage might be a better choice than a low mileage older car. If it has a maintenance history that is well documented, this is highly preferred. Keep in mind that a low mileage vehicle will likely have a higher cost. Also, if the car was not regularly driven it will likely have higher repair costs. Rubber seals or gaskets can develop problems when the vehicle isn’t regularly driven. If you are on the hunt for a used car, a certified pre-owned model is worth exploring. They are inspected by certified mechanics and have low mileage.

Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale at Robert Basil Cadillac

Now that you know what you are looking for when it comes to your new-to-you vehicle, come look at the low mileage used cars for sale in Orchard Park at Robert Basil Cadillac. Our team can show you our CPO models and under $10K vehicles that are currently available. Don’t forget to check out our used vehicle specials to see how you can save even more money on your next vehicle purchase outside of Hamburg, East Aurora, and West Seneca.

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