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What is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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It’s important to look at a used vehicle’s physical and mechanical condition before buying. Also, Sandwich car-buyers should keep in mind the vehicle’s mileage. Although many experts suggest that you shy away from models with over 100,000 miles, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. As long as the vehicle has been taken care of with routine maintenance, it may be a better buy than a newer model with less mileage that hasn’t been in for service in a while. Learn more about good mileage on a used car and more with our team at O'Hara Motors.



The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car in Falmouth 

When shopping a used car, there are some factors you should look at in addition to mileage:

  • 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. An irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

What is good mileage on a used car? There is no easy answer to this question. However, it’s best to think about how much mileage you will get out of a used car in the years to come. If the vehicle you’re interested in has 50,000 miles on the odometer and seems to be in good working order, then it could be a great find. A cheaper used car with 100,000 miles might last you about another four years as long as it’s been well cared for. When comparing mileage vs. age, you’ll want to make sure you keep in mind the fact that, on average, a typical driver clocks about 12,000 miles per year.

Mileage vs. Age

As mentioned above, a newer car with higher mileage may be a better choice than a low-mileage older car. When looking to buy a used vehicle near Mashpee, keep the following 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. 
  • 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. 

If you’re interested in a like-new, low-mileage vehicle without the new vehicle price, a certified pre-owned model is the right choice.

Find Used Cars Near Bourne Today

Explore our inventory of used and CPO models today, then schedule a test drive. Once you have the right model for you and your driving needs, apply for financing online to get the process started. If you have more questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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