What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?



If you are shopping for a used car in the Jamestown area, you may be wondering how to determine if the vehicle you choose will be a good investment. You may have questions about what is good mileage for a used car as well as the other factors to consider. You are not alone. That is why the team at Basil Chevrolet Buick, inc. has created this helpful guide. We will discuss what is considered high mileage for a used car and the areas other than mileage that should also be taken into consideration. Then, you can explore our low mileage used cars for sale to find your perfect match.

What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

The average driver puts about 10,000-12,000 miles per year on their vehicle. This is something to consider when looking at mileage on the car you’re thinking about purchasing. Before narrowing down your search, keep the following in mind:

  • How many miles vs. age of the car: A vehicle that is a year old with 40,000 miles on it may be in worse shape than a 5 year old vehicle with 60,000 miles on it. This is due to the fact that the car underwent a lot of wear and tear in a shorter amount of time.
  • When the car was made: Thanks to advancements in automotive technology, vehicles that were produced in the last decade are lasting longer than ever before. More recent used models can last well over 100,000 miles, and even past 200,000 miles.
  • Maintenance record: A vehicle with more miles on the odometer that has been well maintained is likely a better buy than a vehicle with fewer miles that has not been serviced according to the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule.

Other Important Factors for Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle

  • Model generation: Keep tabs on review websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com. Sometimes a vehicle that has been popular in the past will undergo a redesign that makes newer models less desirable. The opposite can also be true. A vehicle that did not have the best reputation in the past may have been redesigned to the point where it is a top contender in the segment.
  • Vehicle history report: A vehicle history report from the previous owner will show any repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records. You will have a better idea of what the vehicle endured before you buy.
  • Location: Driving in a warm, dry climate is less stressful on your vehicle than driving in a cold, wet area.

Find High-Quality, Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale at Basil Chevrolet Buick, inc.

At Basil Chevrolet Buick, inc., you can find a number of low mileage used cars for sale in pristine condition. Visit our showroom today to set up a test drive in Fredonia. We also offer a rotating selection of pre-owned vehicle specials for additional savings. Contact us today for more information.

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