What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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Finding a used car that’s perfect for your needs can be an exciting, yet confounding experience. There are several factors to consider like physical and mechanical condition, but you should also consider the used car mileage. What is considered high mileage for a used car? While the old car buying adage warns against buying a car that has over 100,000 miles, that isn’t necessarily true anymore. A well maintained vehicle with high mileage can still be a great option on Helena streets. Read on with Honda of Great Falls to discuss what is good mileage for a used car, and other factors you should pay attention to including condition, location, and usage. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!


Factors to Consider When Shopping for a Used Car

On top of considering what is high mileage for a used car, be sure to take a look at these other factors:

  • Usage: Get the previous owners driving history. A car that has been mainly put 75,000 miles on the odometer in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than a vehicle that has driven 75,000 miles on the open highway.
  • Location: The environment affects the vehicle’s condition. Vehicles that were located in dry, warm climates have seen less stress than models located in cold, wet climates.
  • Condition: Have the vehicle inspected by a certified technician to ensure there are no costly issues with the mechanical or electrical systems. This cost should also be factored into your budget.
  • Maintenance: A well-documented history of maintenance can go a long way. Records of routine service like oil changes, show that the vehicle is well maintained and can avoid expensive problems in the future.

What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

While there is no direct answer to, “what is good mileage on a used car?” There are many factors that go into making a good decision. When considering used car mileage, think about how you’ll use the car. If you come across a car around Missoula that has 50,000 miles and seems to be in good condition, then it’s probably a good buy. However, If you come across a used car with 100,000 miles that is cheaper, it can probably last another couple of years if it is in good condition. Keep in mind that the average Lewistown driver puts on 12,000 miles a year when looking at the used car mileage.


Weighing Mileage vs. Age

During your used car shopping, you may find that a newer car with higher mileage might be the better choice than a lower mileage vehicle that’s older. Be sure to consider these factors:

  • While a low mileage car hasn’t been driven often, it may see high repair costs as a result of mechanical issues, or issues with rubber seals and gaskets that degrade over time.
  • A well-documented history shows that the vehicle hasn’t been neglected.
  • Lower mileage vehicles often have a higher price tag attached to it.

Another option to consider is Certified Pre-Owned models for a like-new, low-mileage vehicle.


Find a Used Car with Honda of Great Falls!

When you’re on the hunt for a used car, the team at Honda of Great Falls is ready to help. From valuing your trade to vehicles under 10k and used SUVs, our team is dedicated to getting you back on Great Falls roads. Reach out to our finance center if you have questions about applying for financing or any other car buying questions.

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