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What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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Before purchasing a used car, you’ll want to consider its overall condition as well as its mileage. Most people would tell you to avoid used cars with high mileage, especially if it has 100,000+ miles, but high mileage doesn’t necessarily mean a car is a bad choice. If it has a well-documented service history and is up-to-date on routine maintenance, it may very well be a good buy. Read on to learn more about good mileage for a used car, and what else you should consider before buying.

 

 

What to Consider When Shopping for a Pre-Owned Car

In addition to mileage, you should also consider the following qualities of a used car that you might have your eye on:

  • Usage: Cars that are driven predominantly in stop-and-go traffic are at greater risk for mechanical problems than cars driven mostly on open highways.
  • Location: Warmer climates are kinder to vehicles, particularly if the heat is dry. Cold, wet climates cause more mechanical stress.
  • Condition: Before you buy, get a mechanic you trust to inspect the car and determine what (if any) service costs you’ll need to factor into your budget.
  • Maintenance: Review the car’s maintenance history. If a car isn’t up-to-date on maintenance, consider another option.

Mileage vs. Age

When it comes to used cars, the relationship between mileage and age isn’t as cut and dry as you might think. As we’ve established, a used car with mileage isn’t inherently a bad pick, particularly if it’s been well-maintained. On the flip side, a used car with low mileage isn’t inherently a good pick if it’s not up-to-date on service. Consider these factors before you buy:

  • Cars that aren’t driven regularly are susceptible to more mechanical issues, such as worn rubber seals and gaskets.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is always preferable vs. one that has been neglected.
  • Low-mileage vehicles are typically more expensive.

If you want a used car that’s backed by warranty coverage, consider a Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, which comes with powertrain coverage for 7 years /100,000 miles.

Shop Used Cars Near West Linn Today

As you can see, there are a lot of important factors to consider when buying a used vehicle — not just mileage. At Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda, we’re proud to offer a selection of dependable used cars Sherwood shoppers will love. Contact us online or call us at (503) 925-3116 to schedule a test drive with one of our used models. While you’re here, check out our used vehicle specials for savings you don’t want to miss!

 

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