What is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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A common question from both Norman and Edmond drivers in the market for dependable used vehicles is “What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?” Put simply, good mileage for a used car tends to be less than 200,000 miles, but this depends heavily on many other factors that matter at least as much as simple mileage. Overall age, maintenance history, and other factors should be considered as well. If you have any questions contact us here at Allen Samuels Volkswagen!

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

Overall, milage is only one factor of many to consider:

  • 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. Make sure that you get the previous owner’s driving history before you buy.
  • Location – Vehicles that have been driven in a locale that has a dry, warm climate, undergo less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – Get a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with. Figure this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Check the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure that it has been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. An irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

Based on mileage alone, if you want to simplify things, you should go for a vehicle that either has low miles overall, or if looking for a higher-mileage deal, a car that has lots of highway miles. Newer vehicles with higher mileage had to have gotten that mileage on the freeway, for example. All that said, its best when you take all the abovefactors into account as well. 

Mileage vs. Age 

To that point, here are some more important mileage vs. age factors:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop if a car isn’t driven on a regular basis. 
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag. 

Find Used Cars Near Oklahoma City Today

If you have questions on buying a used vehicle, be sure to check out our How To Shop For a Used Vehicle guide. No matter which vehicle you choose, our online financing application and car buying tips are certain to make it easy to get near Oklahoma City. Stop by our showroom today!

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