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What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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When you are looking for a quality used car, you’ll want to inspect the physical and mechanical condition along with the mileage. Often people suggest shying away from a used car with over 100,000 miles, but it isn’t any absolute requirement and you don’t need to fear high-mileage used cars. If you find a high-mileage used car that has been taken care of and well maintained, then it may still be a great purchase for your Salt Lake City lifestyle. A few important factors for West Valley City area drivers to keep in mind when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle include its condition, location, and usage. Explore more about used vehicles in this guide from Prestman Auto.



Used Car Shopping, The Smart Way

So, what is good mileage on a used car and what other factors should you consider when shopping for a used car near West Jordan? In addition to mileage, consider these factors:

  • Usage – If a car was driven 75,000 miles in stop-and-go traffic, it will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway. Try to get the previous owner’s driving history before you buy.
  • Location – If your vehicle has been driven in an area that’s traditionally a dry, warm climate, it’ll experience less stress than vehicles from areas that have cold, wet, or salty conditions.
  • Condition – Have a certified mechanic that you trust on hand to inspect the vehicle and determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with. Figure this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Explore the maintenance history of the vehicle to be certain that routine service has been kept up to date. Irregular service history can lead to expensive issues in the future.

Good Mileage for Used Cars

There isn’t a solid number considered good mileage for used cars due to the various factors that influence their quality. What is really important to consider when shopping for a used model is how much mileage you would ideally get out of it. A used model with 50,000 miles that seems to be working pretty well, may be a great purchase. On the other hand, a cheap used car with 100,000 miles could very well last you another four years if it’s in decent condition. Keep in mind that drivers usually clock in about 12,000 miles per year.

Comparing Mileage vs. Age

You may find a newer car with high mileage, and it may well be a better choice than a low-mileage older car. Consider these points when comparing mileage vs. age:

  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low-mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.
  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. A sitting car can develop issues with the rubber seals and gaskets, if it hasn’t been driven on a regular basis.

Find Used Cars Near West Jordan Today with Prestman Auto!

While mileage is an important consideration when shopping for a used car, other factors can also help you make the best purchase. At Prestman Auto we have a wide selection of high-quality, hand-picked used vehicles for you to choose from. Take the time to explore our used vehicle specials and you can find some of the best deals available in the Salt Lake City area. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


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