What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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If you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll want to check the physical and mechanical condition, as well as the mileage. One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “What is good mileage on a used car?” It can vary! Most people would suggest staying away from a used car with 100,000+ miles, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Below, you can learn more about how to shop intelligently for a used car!

What to Look for When You Shop for a Used Car

When you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll want to keep the following points in mind before you make your decision:

  • Usage – Driving 75,000 miles in busy urban traffic will do more of a number on a car than driving 75,000 miles on open highway.
  • Location – Climate also plays a role. Vehicles driven in a dry, warm locale will undergo less stress than vehicles driven in a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – Before you buy, you’ll want to get a certified mechanic to check out the mechanical condition of the car you’re considering. If anything needs to be repaired, you’ll want to include that in your budget.
  • Maintenance – Before you purchase a used vehicle, you’ll want to make sure it has a well-documented service history. If a car doesn’t have a thorough service history, it’s probably best to look at another model.

Mileage vs. Age: Which Matters More?

It can be difficult to give a definitive answer. A new car with high mileage might be a better pick than a low-mileage older car. Or, an older car with high mileage and a great service history, might be better than a newer car with low mileage and a poor service history. It depends on the circumstances. In any case, keep the following in mind while you’re shopping for a pre-owned vehicle:

  • Cars that haven’t been driven regularly will often have associated repair costs. If a car sits for too long with out attention, it can develop issues with the seals and gaskets.
  • In any case, a car with a service history that’s been well-documented is preferable to a car without one.
  • Low-mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.

If your goal is to purchase a like-new used car with low mileage, consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. You can browse our Certified Pre-Owned Mazda vehicles online today!

Shop Used Cars Near St. Jacob Today

Remember that there’s more to consider than mileage when you’re shopping for a used car. At Auffenberg Mazda, you’ll find a wide selection of high-quality used cars for sale. Browse our used car specials, then contact us online or call us at (618) 622­-4513 to schedule a test drive with one of our pre-owned models!

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