What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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When shopping for a used car, there are a few factors to consider. Not only do you want to inspect the vehicle’s mechanical and physical condition, but you also want to take a look at how many miles are on the odometer. In the past, it was recommended that drivers avoid purchasing a used car that had more than 100,000 miles. However, thanks to advancements in automotive technology, good mileage for used car options is higher than ever before. A well-maintained vehicle with more than 100,000 miles could still be a great budget-friendly option. West Union-area drivers will also want to keep factors like condition, location, and usage in mind as well. 

How to Shop for a Used Car

Whether you are considering used Chevy trucks for sale, or you have been searching for a “used Chevy Equinox for sale near me,” there are some things you should look at in addition to the mileage:

  • Usage – Cars that frequently drive in stop-and-go traffic tend to wear down more quickly than a car with the same amount of miles on the odometer that has been primarily driven on the highway. That is why it is a good idea to know the driving history of the previous owner if you can find out that information. 
  • Location – Driving in a cold, wet climate puts more stress on a vehicle than commuting in a dry, warm area. 
  • Condition – If a used car catches your attention, make sure that it is inspected by a professional before making a purchase. If the vehicle needs a bit of work, but it is still a good buy, be sure to factor those repair costs into your budget. 
  • Maintenance – You will also want to know the maintenance history of the car you choose. If the previous owner did not keep up with routine service tasks, it could be a sign that there may be costly repairs in the future. 

Mileage vs. Age: Which is More Important? 

If you have been wondering whether it is smarter to choose a newer car with more miles on the odometer or an older car with less mileage, the answer to that question can vary. It is possible that a high-mileage vehicle that is only a few years old may be in better condition than an older car that has not been driven as much. Here is what you need to know:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly may be in need of a lot of maintenance. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, are common problems when a car has not been driven consistently. 
  • It is better to choose a vehicle that comes with a well-documented maintenance history.
  • It is likely that you will pay more for a vehicle that has lower mileage. 

If you are looking for a used car in pristine condition that does not have that steep new car price tag, you may want to take a look at the certified pre-owned options we have in stock. 

Searching for Cedar Falls Car Dealers? Look No Further than Birdnow Dealerships

At Birdnow Dealerships, we have the used cars Cedar Rapids drivers are looking for. Stop by today to peruse our inventory or set up a test drive. You can also contact us with any questions. 

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