What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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Shopping for a used car in St Cloud demands time and research. To make sure you’re getting a good deal, you need to consider a few factors. One of the most important factors to consider when buying a used vehicle is the mileage. So, what is a good mileage on a used car? The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. 

What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

One common rule of thumb when shopping for a quality used car is to only consider vehicles with under 100,000 miles. This is because repair costs increase exponentially after the 100,000 mile mark. Though, even if a vehicle has under 100,000 miles on it’s odometer, that doesn’t guarantee the quality of the vehicle. You should consider the following factors:

  • Mileage # vs. age of the car: The average driver puts about 10,000 to 12,000 miles annually on their car. That’s why it’s important to compare mileage vs. age of a car. For example, a year old vehicle with 40,000 miles may be in worse shape than a 4-year vehicle with 50,000 miles on it. This is because the newer vehicle has accumulated more mileage in a far shorter period of time, which increases the risk of repairs. 
  • Model year: The lifespan of vehicles has improved significantly over the last decade. Many models from recent years can easily last more than 100,000 miles, and beyond 200,000 miles.
  • History of vehicle maintenance: When shopping for a used vehicle in Albertville, be sure to ask for a maintenance history report. A vehicle with 15,000 miles that hasn’t been regularly serviced may be worse than a vehicle with 40,000 miles that has received regular maintenance. 

Other Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car

  • Model Generation: There are model years, and then there are model generations. Vehicles get a new design every few years, but not all of these designs are made equal. Some generations are less reliable than others. That’s why you should do research on model generations by using websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com.
  • Vehicle History Report: You should request a vehicle history report on any used vehicle you’re interested in. A vehicle history report from the previous owner will show any repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records that may tell you more about what wear and tear the car has sustained over the years. The vehicle history report will also tell you where the car has “lived,” and climate can influence the condition of a used car. For example, dry climates are more gentle on a car, whereas places with high humidity or harsh winters take more of a toll on cars.
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: Pre-owned luxury cars from foreign brands can be very expensive to repair. This is because of the costs of shipping high-end replacement OEM parts. Though, if you’re purchasing certified pre-owned, luxury brands often have excellent warranty to help out with repair costs.

Shop at Morrie's Auto Connection For Your Next Used Car!

Morrie's Auto Connection is proud to have an extensive inventory of used vehicles and certified  pre-owned cars from various manufacturers. Come visit us in St Cloud, and we’ll provide you with the transparent information and top-notch customer service necessary to find your perfect pre-owned car. Contact us or call us at 320-300-3336 to get started today.

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