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What is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

When you are shopping for a pre-owned vehicle near Hoover and Meadowbrook, there are a number of factors to consider. Along with evaluating the car’s physical and mechanical condition, you should also be aware of how many miles are on the odometer.

 

 

In the past, it was recommended that shoppers avoid a vehicle with more than 100,000 miles if possible. However, now thanks to advancements in automotive technology, many well-maintained vehicles with 100,000+ miles can still be an excellent buy. Learn more about what is good mileage on a used car and what other factors to consider in this guide from Riverchase Kia. 

Shopping for a Used Car the Smart Way

Along with knowing what is considered good mileage for a used car, you should also keep these factors in mind: 

  • Usage – A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic generally undergoes more wear and tear than a vehicle with the same amount of miles that is primarily used for highway driving. If you can find out the previous owner’s driving history, it can be beneficial. 
  • Location – Vehicles that have been driven around a warm and dry climate usually undergo less stress than vehicles from a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – Have any used car you’re considering checked out by a mechanic prior to signing on the dotted line. Keep in mind that a vehicle that needs a bit of TLC can still be a good value. However, you will need to now factor maintenance costs into your budget. 
  • Maintenance – Make sure that the vehicle you choose has an up-to-date maintenance schedule. 

Mileage vs Age 

It is possible that a newer car with high mileage may be a better decision than an older car with fewer miles. Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Cars that are not driven regularly could still need quite a bit of maintenance to operate in peak condition around Bessemer. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop when a car sits idle for long periods of time.
  • Low mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag. 
  • Consider a CPO vehicle if you are looking for a low-mileage option for a budget-friendly price. To be designated as a certified pre-owned vehicle, the car must meet strict manufacturer standards and pass a rigorous inspection for quality.

Find Dependable and Affordable Used Cars at Riverchase Kia

If you still have questions about what is good mileage on a used car, the team at Riverchase Kia is here to help. We can also assist you in finding a pre-owned vehicle that checks all of the boxes on your wishlist. Contact us today for more information, and don’t forget about our pre-owned vehicle specials

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