What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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If your Oklahoma City commute is due for an upgrade but you don’t want to spend too much, you’ll probably look into used cars for sale. This is a great option for budget-conscious shoppers, but many may ask themselves, “What is good mileage on a used car?” You might think it best not to consider a model with over 100,000 miles logged, but if the car was maintained well, it could certainly still be a smart buy! As you shop, it’s important to consider factors like location, condition, and usage. Get the advice you can trust from the team at Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge, below!

How to Shop for a Used Car

When you’re used car shopping, there are a few things to take into consideration in addition to mileage:

  • Location – Where did the vehicle “live” before making its way to Mustang? Vehicles that spent most of their life in a warm, dry climate like Southern California tend to fare better over time than vehicles kept in cold, wet climates.
  • Condition – If you’re considering a private sale, it’s important to have a certified mechanic take a look at the vehicle you’re considering. They can tell you if there are any issues like mechanical problems or rust that will need to be figured into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Always ask to see the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure it was properly cared for with regular oil changes and more. If the service history is irregular, it can lead to costly issues in the future.
  • Usage – What were the driving habits of the previous owner like? A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will tend to wear faster than a vehicle that gained 75,000 miles on an open highway.

Mileage vs. Age

A late model year pre-owned vehicle with high mileage may certainly be a smarter buy than an older model with low mileage. Before you buy, consider the following factors:

  • A car not driven on a regular basis is prone to higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, problems with rubber seals and gaskets, and more can arise if a vehicle wasn’t used regularly.
  • A used car with a well-documented maintenance history should be considered before one with a spotty history or a history that can’t be proven.
  • Oftentimes, low-mileage vehicles come with higher price tags.

Shop Used Cars for Sale at Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

After learning more about good mileage for a used car, we hope you’ll feel better prepared to shop for a model that suits your needs! If you have any lingering questions about insurance or the Dodge warranty plan, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Before visiting us near El Reno to browse our used inventory of low mileage used vehicles, be sure to take a look at our used vehicle specials to take your savings even further!

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