What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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In addition to checking the appearance and mechanics of a used car you’re considering, you’ll also want to take stock of a potential vehicle’s mileage. It used to be that you wanted to avoid vehicles once they surpassed 100,000 miles, though that’s no longer a strict rule. A well-maintained vehicle often proves to be the better buy over one with a questionable history, even if the second vehicle has lower mileage. Learn more about what is good mileage for used cars below. 

Smart Used Car Shopper Checklist

When shopping for a used car, you’ll need to look at other factors in addition to mileage to really get the whole picture:

  • Condition – If you’re not an expert, having a mechanic check over your vehicle to ensure everything looks sound. Take the price estimates for any recommended repairs into account when looking at your budget. 
  • Maintenance Records – See if you’re able to secure maintenance records for the vehicle. A vehicle that has missed out on maintenance may be in need of larger repairs down the road. 
  • Mileage & Usage – While total mileage is important, so is how those miles were spent. 75,000 miles on the open highway will result in less wear and tear than 75,000 miles in stop and go Hackettstown traffic. 
  • Location – Vehicles originating from cold, wet climates will experience more wear than vehicles from warm, dry climates. 

Weighing Mileage vs. Age 

An older car will lower miles may not be a better buy than a new car with higher mileage for a few reasons:

  • You can expect a higher price tag with low mileage vehicles. 
  • If a car isn’t driven on a regular basis, issues with rubber seals and gaskets as well as mechanical systems can develop. 
  • A neglected vehicle isn’t as desirable as one with a well-documented maintenance history.

If you want a lower-mileage used vehicle you know you can rely on, a certified pre-owned model is a solid choice. These vehicles meet strict standards on mileage and condition, while still offering a lower price than a brand-new model. 

Shop Luxury Used Cars at Mercedes-Benz of Newton!

Now that you have an idea of what good mileage is for used cars, you’re ready to start looking for used models near Hamburg. Start your shopping at Mercedes-Benz of Newton, where you’re sure to find the premium used vehicle you’ve been looking for. Make your way to our showroom near Vernon, or contact us online with questions about our used car inventory

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