What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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Looking for a quality used car that will last for years to come? Buying any used car is a gamble to some degree vs. buying a comparable new car. That said, there are many steps you can take to make buying used a much safer and less costly experience. One of these things is to look for a lower-mileage used vehicle, which brings us to the focus of this piece — the question “what is good mileage for a used car?” Phrased another way, what we really seek to answer is the question “what is considered high mileage for a used car?” — and the answer may surprise you. 

While vehicles with over 100,000 miles have traditionally been considered “high-mileage vehicles,” modern cars continue to last longer. Accordingly, what’s now considered a high-mileage vehicle or a good used vehicle to buy is more complex. Learn more below with Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Many used car, truck, and SUV buyers looking for a quality pre-owned vehicle are searching for something with 100,000 miles or less on the odometer. Keeping in mind that most drivers log roughly 10,000-12,000 miles per year on their vehicle will give you a better idea of how much your car has been driven compared to the average. Keeping in mind these additional factors will help you purchase a better quality used car in Sacramento:

  • Car Age vs. Mileage: A car driven 40,000 miles in just a year may be in worse shape than a car driven 12,000 miles a year for five years? Why? It’s likely been subjected to much more intense driving conditions. 
  • Vehicle Year: Car manufacturing has greatly improved in the last ten to twelve years or so. That means, many vehicles with 100,000 miles or more on the odometer still could have another 50,000 to 100,000 miles on the odometer or more with the right regular maintenance. 
  • Scheduled Maintenance: A vehicle with 15,000 miles on it that did not receive regular care or OEM-recommended maintenance could be a riskier buy than a vehicle with 30,000 miles that did receive regular maintenance. How do you know about a vehicle’s maintenance records? Make sure to ask for them when buying used!

Additional Factors to Consider When Buying a Used Car in Sacramento

  • Vehicle Year vs. Generation: Freshly-redesigned vehicles or new “iterations” can often have problems for their first couple model years. Sometimes, conversely, cars with issues are redesigned and become trouble-free. Before buying used, it’s a good idea to check out vehicle reliability scores from sites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com.
  • Vehicle History Report: It’s a best-practice to get a vehicle history report for every used car you’re thinking of buying. This could be the difference between buying a lemon and buying a fantastic, reliable used vehicle. Whether buying under $10k or over $25k, getting a vehicle history report can’t hurt. 
  • Vehicle Location: Cars from “wet” climates with rough winters often are in worse conditions than cars from “dry” climates and hotter conditions. Make sure to look into where any used cars you like are originally from (a vehicle history report can help with this, too).
  • Vehicles from Foreign Luxury Brands: Often, the OEM parts that need to be shipped from overseas to fix foreign luxury cars make repairs costly in these types of vehicles. Keep this in mind and weigh it against any certified pre-owned programs these brands sometimes offer if looking to buy a used luxury car near Roseville or Folsom. 

Trust Sacramento Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to Help You Find & Finance a High-Quality Used Car

We’re here to make buying a used car near Elk Grove affordable, simple, and hassle-free. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about buying new vs. used, buying used vs. easing, or anything else! Our finance experts can help with all your used car questions and concerns. Ready to find and finance a used vehicle today? Browse our low mileage used cars for sale online or in-person anytime convenient for you!

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