What is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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These days, even 100,000 miles might be considered good mileage for a used car. Although the most desirable used cars have less than 60,000 miles, there are many factors you should consider when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle. Maintenance history, previous location, and overall condition are just as important as mileage, so you’ll want to take each of them into account when comparing offers.

Choosing a Used Car Based On Mileage

Here’s the worst case scenario for used car shoppers: the vehicle you purchase has too many miles. It’s already accumulated a lot of wear and tear, and you end up spending more to maintain it than you would have spent on a nicer, newer vehicle. In extreme cases, a vehicle with high mileage might even expire before you have a chance to pay off your loan.

If you want to avoid these risks, keep in mind that most Carmel-area drivers travel about 12,000 miles per year in their vehicles. If, based on this average, you’ll reach 200,000 miles before paying off your loan, it might be better to choose a different vehicle. By the same token, paying off your loan as quickly as possible is always a good idea, as long as you can afford the payments.

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

As we noted from the outset, you’ll also need to consider other factors when you’re shopping for low-mileage used cars for sale. What is considered high mileage for a used car can vary depending on its overall condition:

  • CertificationCertified pre-owned vehicles always have low mileage, and each must undergo an extensive round of tests in order to qualify for certification. You’ll even receive warranty coverage with your purchase.
  • Usage – Highway miles are gentler on a vehicle than miles accumulated in stop-and-go city traffic. Towing miles produce more wear and tear than miles driven without a trailer.
  • Location – A vehicle that has had to deal with a lot of cold weather and precipitation will not be in tip-top shape. Choose a used vehicle that has primarily been driven in warmer, temperate climates.
  • Maintenance History – You should always ask for a vehicle history report when one is available. A vehicle that has received all of its necessary services will be in much better condition than a model that has been neglected.

At the end of the day, it’s never a bad idea to take your chosen used car to a mechanic or a local service center before you sign on the dotted line. They can take a closer look at your vehicle, identify any structural issues, and tell you what kind of work it may or may not require.

Find Used Cars in Indianapolis Today

If you’re shopping for low-mileage used cars for sale near Noblesville or Westfield, it’s a great idea to start your search at our dealership! Start exploring our pre-owned vehicle specials or find a model priced under $10K today.

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