What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

One of the first thing Port Orchard and Gig Harbor drivers should do if they are in the market for a reliable used vehicle should be to check what kind of mileage is left from the previous owner.

This is something that should usually be considered when you are making other inspections such as the mechanical shape and function of your prospective vehicle. Although may have cautioned customers to avoid used vehicles with more than 100,000 miles, vehicles that have been well maintained can continue to run effectively for years to come. Learn more about condition, location, and usage can affect the mileage on your new used car

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

Mileage on a used car isn’t always representative of the vehicle’s capabilities. This often depends on how often the vehicle was used, the primary location of where it was driven, the condition it was left it, and how often the previous owner brought it in for maintenance. Find out more about how these four factors can impact the mileage on your next used car.

  • Usage – 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. Make sure that you get the previous owner’s driving history before you buy.
  • 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.
  • 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. Irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.
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Mileage vs. Age

When looking at the mileage on your used vehicle, it’s important to take into consideration the age of the vehicle. Some Tacoma drivers may opt for a newer car with high mileage while others may choose a slightly older model with less mileage. If you’re stuck between these two options, a certified pre-owned vehicle may provide a happy medium on a newer model with lower mileage. Whatever you choose, make sure to take these factors into account when buying:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have 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 preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.

Find Used Cars Near Tacoma Today

Are you ready to find the right used car for you and your family? Be sure to check out our selection of used vehicles to find what you’re looking for. You can also take a look at our selections of pre-owned vehicle specials and vehicles priced under $15k. Contact us if you have any questions or want to schedule a test drive!

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