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What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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While many people first look at a used vehicle’s physical condition while shopping, it’s important to get a good look at the odometer as well. Curious about good mileage for a used car? Many people would avoid a used car that has over 100,000 miles, but that isn’t always a rule of thumb these days. Well-maintained vehicles can actually still be very good buys! You’ll always want to learn about a model’s condition, location, and usage before driving it home to Belton. Don Ringler Toyota dives into the details of “what is good mileage on a used car?” below.

Important Factors to Consider

When you begin shopping for a used car, you’ll want to research the following factors of each model you like in addition to mileage:

  • Usage: It’s important to learn about the previous owner’s driving history before you buy a used car. If they drove the vehicle 75,000 miles in traffic, it will wear down sooner than if they drove it 75,000 miles mostly on open highways.
  • Location: Vehicles that are driven in cold, wet climates typically sustain more stress and possible damage than those driven in dry, warm climates.
  • Condition: It’s crucial to check the maintenance history of a used car. If the previous owner didn’t keep up to date on routine services like oil changes, you may be faced with expensive repairs in the future.

Determining Good Mileage for a Used Car

While there’s not a perfect answer to the question of “what is good mileage on a used car?”, there are many factors that come into play. First, think about how much mileage you’ll get out of a used car.

  • If a used car has just 50,000 miles and is in decent condition, it will likely be a good buy.
  • A cheap used car with 100,000 miles, however, can probably last another four years or so as long as it’s in decent condition.

A typical driver logs about 12,000 miles per year, so this is important to keep in mind when comparing mileage vs. age in used vehicles. The best option will ultimately depend on your budget and needs!

Mileage vs. Age in Used Cars

Keep in mind that a newer car with higher mileage may be a better choice than a low-mileage older car with more significant damage. Keep the following in mind as you shop for your next vehicle:

  • Low mileage used cars are typically more expensive than higher mileage used cars
  • Cars that aren’t regularly driven may have higher repair costs. If cars aren’t driven regularly, mechanical issues can arise.
  • Used vehicles with well-documented maintenance histories are preferable so you can avoid any mysterious issues cropping up after you buy.

If you like having that added peace of mind when buying used, be sure to check out our certified pre-owned Toyota options! There are plenty of great reasons to buy a CPO Toyota.

Find a Low Mileage Used Car at Don Ringler Toyota Today!

Now that you know more about what good mileage is in a used car, it’s time to explore our inventory online. We even have affordable used cars under 15k to make things that much more budget-friendly! Be sure to check out our current used vehicle specials before visiting our dealership near Killeen for a test drive. You’ll be traveling Waco in a new-to-you vehicle in no time!

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