What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

If you are considering buying a used car near St. Charles or Carol Stream, you may be concerned about future repair costs. Fortunately, Haggerty Auto Group has a few tips for choosing the perfect used car. We have provided a guide to used car mileage so you can answer the question “what is good mileage for a used car”. We would be glad to help you find a quality used car that meets your needs and budget.

What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Because of the exponential increase in vehicle repair costs as the car ages, most people purchasing older cars are looking for something below 100,000 miles. Taking into account that the average driver puts about 10,000-12,000 miles per year on their vehicle, there are some factors that you will want to keep in mind before making a final decision:

  • 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 five-year-old vehicle with 60,000 miles on it because it has been extensively driven in a shorter span of time.
  • Year of manufacture: Within the last decade, car manufacturing has improved significantly, which means there are now more recent used models that will last well over 100,000 miles, and even past 200,000 miles.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: A vehicle will fewer miles on it may not have been properly maintained, while one with more mileage may have received all of the required routine maintenance. You will want to take a look at the history of the vehicle in addition to looking at the mileage on the odometer. 

Additional things to Consider When Buying a Used Car

  • Model Generation: Sometimes when a model with a great reputation is redesigned after a few years for the new generation or “iteration”, it can go badly. On the other hand, a vehicle that may not have had the most prestigious reputation could feature a completely new and improved design. Consult review websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com to see what the experts have to say. 
  • Vehicle History Report: A vehicle history report from the previous owner will show any repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records, so you can get a better idea of what the car has been through over the years. 
  • Location: Look at the vehicle history report to see where the car is from. Cars driven in drier climates are usually in better shape than those from cold, wet climates. 
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: Because it is pricey to ship high-end replacement OEM parts overseas, luxury vehicles can become expensive to repair. However, what makes them a better buy is the fact that they are covered by outstanding warranties if you choose a CPO vehicle

Come to Haggerty Auto Group for Your Used Car Needs

When you choose to shop with Haggerty Auto Group, you can feel confident that you will find a used car you can rely on for many years to come. If you have any questions about the models available or the car shopping process, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Find low mileage used cars for sale today.


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