What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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Before you purchase a used car, there are a few things to consider. You will want to check out its mechanical and physical condition, but you will also want to take mileage into consideration. In the past, avoiding cars with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer was recommended, however for some models, that shouldn’t be the case. A well-maintained, high-mileage vehicle could still be a cost-effective option for many drivers. In addition to condition and mileage, there are a couple of other factors to keep in mind: location and usage. Butler Auto Group has helpful tips for used car shopping.

The Best Way to Shop for a Used Car

Mileage is not the only important factor to look at before deciding on a used car you can rely on for many years to come:

  • Condition – Have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic to see if it needs work. Keep the costs of those repairs in mind when figuring out your budget.
  • Maintenance – Make sure the vehicle you are considering has been well-maintained. If routine maintenance tasks have been missed, it could lead to costly repairs down the road.
  • 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. That is why you want to know the previous driver’s history before making a final decision.
  • Location – Cold, wet climates can put more stress on a vehicle compared to warmer, dry areas.

Mileage vs. Age: Good Mileage to Buy a Used Car

In some cases, a newer car with more miles on the odometer could still be better than an older car that has not been driven much. It once again depends on how well the car has been maintained. Keep the following information in mind:

  • 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.
  • You want to choose a car with a well-documented maintenance history.
  • A vehicle with fewer miles on the odometer may be a bit more pricey.

If you are in search of an affordable car in like-new condition with low miles, a certified pre-owned vehicle may be your best bet.

Shop for Quality Used Cars at Butler Auto Group

Now that you know what’s a good mileage on a used car, you can make a more informed decision. Be sure to peruse the extensive inventory of dependable used cars available at Butler Auto Group. Contact us today to set up a test drive.

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