What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

odometer displaying higher mileage on used car

Kettering car shoppers don’t just look at the used vehicle’s physical and mechanical condition, but they will also check the mileage. While most will suggest that shoppers should stay away from a used car with more than 100,000 miles, that’s not the case anymore. A well-taken-care-of vehicle can still be an excellent purchase. Learn more about what is considered high mileage for a used car and low-mileage used cars for sale in this handy guide from the experts at Mercedes-Benz of Centerville.

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

While shopping around for a used vehicle, there are several things to look for in addition to the mileage: 

  • Usage – A car that has driven 75,000 miles in stop-and-go traffic wears down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway around Springboro. 
  • Location – Vehicles driven in areas that are dry and warm undergo less stress than vehicles from cold and wet climate areas.
  • Condition – Have a factory-trained and certified mechanic inspect the vehicle to ensure everything’s okay. If there are any issues, you would figure that cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Check the maintenance history to ensure that everything’s been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. Irregular service history can be a sign of future expensive problems.

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

What is good mileage for a used car? There is no perfect answer. It’s best to think about how much mileage that youwill get out of the used vehicle. A used vehicle with 50,000 miles that drives well could be a good purchase. However, a cheap used car with 100,000 miles could last another few years as long as it’s in decent condition. Most drivers will drive about 12,000 miles per year, so keep that in mind when comparing mileage vs. age.

Mileage vs. Age 

Sometimes a newer vehicle with high mileage could be a better option than a low-mileage older car. Just keep these factors in mind when buying a used car:

  • Cars that don’t get driven regularly could often have higher repair costs. Mechanical issues or problems with rubber seals and gaskets can develop when you don’t drive your vehicle regularly. 
  • A well-documented vehicle maintenance history is better than a neglected one.
  • Low-mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag. 

Drivers can also consider a Certified Pre-Owned model if they want to purchase a like-new, low-mileage vehicle.

Explore Low-Mileage Used Cars for Sale in Centerville!

When you’re ready to trade in your vehicle for a quality, low-mileage used car for sale at Mercedes-Benz of Centerville, explore our inventory to find the model that checks off all your boxes. Then, give us a call if you have any questions or want to schedule a test drive. We also offer used vehicle specials to help get an excellent offer.


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