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What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

Interested in purchasing a used car in Henderson, but worried about potential maintenance costs due to high mileage? One of the main questions we’re asked by drivers tends to be: “what is good mileage for a used car?” Learn the answer to this question and more with the Findlay Acura finance team! We’ll help you find out what is considered high mileage for a used car and more before getting behind the wheel of a new-to-you model in Henderson.

What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Cars that start at 100,000 miles are labeled a risky buy as drivers tend to think the higher mileage means a higher increase in maintenance costs. However, this isn’t always the case. Considering that the average driver usually puts anywhere from 10,000 – 12,000 miles on their vehicle per year, here are some factors you should consider when browsing used vehicles for sale:

  • How many miles vs. the age of the car: A 1-year-old vehicle with 40,000 miles on it may be in worse shape than a 5-year-old vehicle with 60,000 miles on it because it has been driven more in a shorter period of time. 
  • Manufacture Year: Car manufacturing has improved drastically over the last decade. In turn, this means that there are now more recently used models that will last over 100,00 miles, some even past 200,000 miles.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: Even though a vehicle may have a low amount of miles on it, if it does not receive regular maintenance, it may have more problems than a vehicle with more miles on it. As a result, it’s important to ask for proof of maintenance when purchasing a vehicle. 

Additional Tips to Keep in Mind When Buying a Used Car

When you choose to purchase a used car, there are a few other factors, in addition to the mileage, that you’ll want to keep in mind before purchasing your favorite used car from Findlay Acura. These include:

  • Model Generation: Sometimes when reputable models are redesigned after a few years on the market for the new generation, they don’t quite work out. On the other hand, a vehicle that perhaps had a more lackluster reputation may improve with a redesign. You can usually find these stats on review websites such as Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com.
  • Vehicle History Report: A vehicle history report will show you any repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records. A vehicle’s history report is a great resource to find out the wear and tear a car has incurred over the years. 
  • Location: The vehicle history reports will also tell where the car has “lived.” This is great information to have, especially when a car has been in drastic climates which can affect how the vehicle operates. For instance, drier climates like southern California are gentler on vehicles than locations with lots of humidity or harsh winters. 
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: Luxury vehicles can be expensive to repair since the cost of shipping high-end replacement OEM parts from overseas can be costly. However, these brands tend to have great warranties if you are buying a certified pre-owned model. 

Shop for Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale with Findlay Acura!

Now that you’ve learned what is considered good mileage for a used vehicle, check out our used vehicle inventory. Also, be sure to take advantage of our used vehicle specials for additional savings. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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