What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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When you’re auto shopping in the Fairview area, it’s important to know what good mileage is on a used car. Many drivers worry about cars at or over 100,000 miles, but the truth is that good mileage on a used car is only one concern — and many cars last well over 100,000 miles (some trucks routinely break 200,000 miles of service).

Mileage matters, but you should care about other factors when shopping for your used car. We’ll walk you through the basics at Auffenberg Mazda.

Factors to Consider When Shopping Used

Good mileage for used car is just one factor of many to consider when sorting through your options in our used inventory. After all, 10,000 miles of off-road adventures will wear on a car more than 10,000 miles of easygoing Collinsville commutes. Pay attention to these four factors when narrowing your car options:

  • Driving History: Driving in stop-and-go city driving is a lot harder on a car than highway cruising. Try to learn more about the owner’s driving history to get a better idea about the car’s wear and tear.
  • Location: A car in a mild climate will deal with far less stress and strain than a car driven through brutal, snowy winters in St. Jacob.
  • Condition: No matter the mileage, a certified technician will give you the best insight into the car’s condition. Consider an inspection to assess the car’s condition properly.
  • Maintenance: Irregular maintenance might indicate some problems either now or in the future. Prioritized well-maintained cars over those with a spotty maintenance history.
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Age vs. Good Mileage For Used Car

Age vs. mileage, is there any difference? The relationship between the two can tell you quite a bit about the vehicle!

  • Cars perform best when they are driven. If you run into an older car with only a few miles on the odometer, that may indicate that the car sat around in a garage – and mechanical problems may have gone unnoticed for years.
  • A newer car with slightly higher mileage might actually be preferable in this case, because there is less guesswork involved – especially if the car has a proper maintenance history.

Want the best of both worlds? Consider shopping our Mazda Certified Pre-Owned inventory.

Find Your Next Car at Auffenberg Mazda

Now that you can shop like a pro, visit us at Auffenberg Mazda to find the right car for you. Our experts would be happy to answer any questions, like whether a used car features the i-Activsense® system, at our dealership in O'Fallon and you can contact us online at any time. Want to save even more money on that next purchase, find out how to buy a new car, or learn how car financing works? Check out our pre-owned vehicle specials, cars priced under 9k, and check out our financing guides!

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