What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?


For Alton and Edwardsville drivers shopping for a used car, being worried about the vehicle’s quality and potential repair costs it common. Our guide to used car mileage and other factors to consider will help you in the car buying process find out what is good mileage for a used car. Don’t hesitate to contact Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM if you have any questions!

What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Vehicle repairs get more expensive and more frequent the older a vehicle gets, so most people avoid used cars that have 100,000 miles or more on the odometer. However there are additional factors to consider that might make a car with high mileage worth purchasing. Taking into account that the average driver puts about 10,000-12,000 miles per year on their vehicle, consider these vehicle characteristics:

  • Year of manufacture: Car manufacturing continues to improve significantly, and many used models from the past few years will last well over 100,000 miles or even 200,000 miles.
  • Vehicle miles vs. age: A year-old vehicle with 40,000 miles on it may be in poor condition compared to a 5-year old vehicle with 60,000 miles on it, because the year-old car has been driven a lot more in a much shorter time span.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: A low mileage used car, for example one with 15,000 miles on it, that did not receive regular maintenance at a service center may have more issues than a vehicle with 30,000 miles on it that did receive regular maintenance. When purchasing, be sure to ask for proof of maintenance.

More to Consider When Buying a Used Car

  • Model Generation: Sometimes when a model is redesigned it gets significantly better or significantly worse than the models from the previous generation. Check review sites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com to learn more.
  • Vehicle History Report: A vehicle history report will show things like repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records, which may indicate more about vehicle’s condition.
  • Location: The Vehicle History Report will also tell you where this car has “lived”–dryer climates like southern California are gentler on vehicles than places with lots of humidity or harsh winters.
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: Shipping high-end replacement OEM parts overseas is expensive and takes time, so luxury vehicles can become more expensive to repair over the years. However, many luxury brands have excellent warranty coverage for certified pre-owned models, as well as dealership perks while your car is being serviced.

Find Your Next Used Vehicle at Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

At Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM near Granite City, we have a large selection of high-quality low-mileage used cars for sale, so you can find a model that fits your needs and budget. Check our used vehicle specials and used vehicles under $10K get a great deal on your next car! Want to use your savings to upfit your ride? Discover the benefits of Jeep Wrangler LED lights with our service team.

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