What is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

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When shopping for a used car, there are several factors to consider to ensure you are making a smart investment. Not only will you want to look at a used car’s physical and mechanical condition, it is also a good idea to see how many miles are on the odometer. So, what is good mileage on a used car? In the past, it was recommended to avoid purchasing a used car that had over 100,000 miles on it, but thanks to advancements in automotive technology, vehicles are lasting longer than ever. A well-maintained vehicle with more than 100,000 miles could still be an excellent investment. If you are wondering about the best mileage to buy a used car, the experts at Sid Dillon are here to help. 


What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Determining what is considered high mileage for a used car is a bit more of a challenge than simply looking at the odometer. Usage and location can also affect what is good mileage for a used car. See how different factors can affect your decision below:

  • Usage: A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway. That is why it is smart to find out a little more about the previous owner’s driving history before you make a purchase. 
  • Location: Driving in a dry, warm climate is less stressful on a vehicle than driving in a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition: Have a skilled mechanic take a look at your vehicle to see if any work is required to ensure it runs smoothly. If a vehicle needs a bit of TLC, that does not mean it is a bad purchase, but you will need to factor the cost of that maintenance into your budget. 
  • Maintenance: Choose a vehicle that is up-to-date on routine maintenance. Vehicles that have not been maintained following manufacturer recommendations could have more issues down the road. 

Mileage vs. Age 

A newer car with high mileage could actually be a better buy than a low-mileage older car. Keep the following tips in mind when shopping for the perfect pre-owned vehicle:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly could require costly repairs and maintenance. Even if a car is not driven on a regular basis, it can still have mechanical problems or issues with rubber seals and gaskets. 
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Vehicles with less mileage on the odometer are often less budget-friendly. 
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Shopping for Used Cars is Hassle-Free with Sid Dillon

Omaha and Lincoln drivers can find a wide range of used vehicles in excellent condition when they shop at Sid Dillon. Peruse our inventory today or stop by for a test drive. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at your convenience.

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