What is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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When you’re shopping for a used car for driving in Rogers, you might think low mileage is the highest priority. That might not be the case. While a car with 100,000 or more miles might seem like a risky purchase, it depends on quite a few factors. Learn more about what is good mileage on a used car with the finance team at Cornerstone Chevrolet.

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

There isn’t a definitive number to answer, “What is good mileage on a used car?” It just takes some common sense to understand good mileage for a used car. Keep in mind that most drivers average around 12,000 miles a year. If you do purchase that car with 100,000 miles, especially if it’s an older model that’s done average driving, you can likely get a great deal on a car with around four good years left in it.

Mileage vs. Age

While a newer car in Buffalo with higher mileage might seem like a better option than an older car with the same amount of miles, that’s not usually the case. The older car hasn’t been driven as hard as the newer one, and can likely have a longer life. On the flip side, a car with very low mileage relative to its age hasn’t been driven much, which can lead to mechanical problems sooner than later. With any used car, one that was kept up-to-date on regular maintenance is always going to be preferable to one that wasn’t, or lacks records.

The Smart Way to Shop for Good Mileage on a Used Car

Here are the things you should look at in addition to mileage:

  • Usage – Cars driven in stop-and-go traffic have more wear than cars with more highway mileage.
  • Location – Vehicles that have been driven in a locale that has a dry, warm climate, undergo less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate like that in St Cloud.
  • Condition – Get a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with. Figure this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Check the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure that it has been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. An irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Find a Great Used Car Deal at Cornerstone Chevrolet

No matter the mileage, Cornerstone Chevrolet has a great selection of used cars, from budget cars to like-new certified pre-owned. Contact us and tell us your used car needs, and we’ll help you find one that’s a perfect match.

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