What is Good Mileage For A Used Car?

Used cars on a lot

Buying a used car or can be a difficult endeavor as it’s important to look at the physical and mechanical condition to ensure reliability. However, equally as important is finding out the total used car mileage. What is good mileage for a used car? The limit used to be considered 100,000 miles; however, if a used car is well looked after it could last much longer. Some important things to consider when buying a car in the Cerritos area include its condition, location, and how it was used, such as city or highway driving. Get more information from Toyota of Downtown LA’s guide to used car mileage.

Smart Shopping: Used Car Mileage & More

Let’s review a few different aspects to keep in mind other than just the mileage:

  • Usage : A car driven in the city will have much more wear and tear than one on the highway. This is mainly because of the stop and go traffic of the city.
  • Location: Often, a vehicle’s location can significantly affect the condition. For example, a car driven in a hot and dry climate would be more ideal than one in a cold and wet one.
  • Condition: Prior to purchase, it’s important to get a certified mechanic to look at the vehicle’s overall condition. Also, add these additional costs to the total amount your plan to spend.
  • Maintenance: Make sure the vehicle has been well maintained and that everything is up to date. If the vehicle wasn’t serviced regularly, you could encounter issues in the future.

What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

So, what is considered high mileage for a used car? While we would like to put a number on it, there’s really no perfect answer. If the vehicle has low mileage and is well maintained, you could be getting a reliable vehicle for a low price. There are even great vehicles out there with over 100,000 that you could get for a bargain and drive for a few years. It’s important to note that on average, most cars are driven around 12,000 miles annually. This should also be considered when comparing a vehicle’s mileage vs. age.

Considering Mileage vs. Age

In most cases, it is better to purchase a newer vehicle with more miles than an older vehicle with lower mileage. Let’s check out these factors that you should consider before you buy:

  • If the vehicle has not been driven on a regular basis it will often be more expensive to repair. Some of the most common issues include rubber seals and gaskets breaking.
  • You should always purchase a vehicle with a regular maintenance history. Buying a vehicle with a spotty maintenance history could lead to expensive repairs.
  • If you’re looking for a low mileage vehicle, prepare to pay more.

If you are looking for the best used car, perhaps a Certified Pre-owned model would be the best option. These are often like-new, well maintained, and have low mileage.

Find Used Cars Near West Hollywood Today

There are various aspects to take into account when purchasing a used vehicle. At Toyota of Downtown LA we have a large selection of well maintained used cars. If you’re interested, stop by our used vehicle specials page where you can take advantage of some of the best prices in Mission Hills. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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