What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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The odometer is probably the first thing you check on a used car you’re thinking about buying. So, do most of our Lees Summit customers. Why? It’s likely because you want a used car with good mileage on it. But what is good mileage on a used car? We want you to make an informed buying decision. So, let’s talk about what constitutes good mileage for a used car, and then apply for financing today.

What is Good Mileage For a Used Car? Look at the Age.

What qualifies as good mileage for a used car often depends on how old it is. A good rule of thumb is that a car should accumulate no more than 12,000 to 15,000 miles in a year. That means if a car is five years old, it should have no more than 60,000 to 75,000 miles on the odometer. If it has more than that, the car has likely gone through a lot of wear and tear in a short amount of time.

What is Good Mileage on a Used Car? Know Its History.

To determine what is good mileage for a used car, you need to find out how those miles were put on the car. Everything from driving conditions to maintenance history can impact the condition of the vehicle and whether it’s worth purchasing. Here are some things to take into consideration when you’re shopping for a used car:

  • Has the car been regularly serviced? Ask if there is a maintenance record.
  • What kind of climates was the car driven in? Cold weather and salted roads like the ones around Olathe in the winter can really be tough on a vehicle.
  • Are the miles on the odometer highway or city miles? Highway miles are not nearly as rough on a car as city miles.
  • Has the car been in accidents?

Come See the Quality Used Cars at Show Me Auto Mall of Harrisonville

You should come down and look at the low-mileage used cars on our lot. Take one or more of them for a test drive. We’d be happy to help you find one that’s just right for you. In the meantime, check out our other buying tips, like our posts on other important things to look at when buying a used car, and whether it’s better to buy from a dealer or private seller. We’re conveniently located near Belton, so drop by today!

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