What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?


When looking for a pre-owned vehicle, one of the main things customers will look at is its mileage, but what is good mileage for a used car? While you may hear that you should avoid vehicles that have more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, if the car was well maintained and continues to run great, this can still be a great option to have to upgrade your Providence and Warwick commute. Learn more about how to spot low mileage used cars for sale with the help of the experts at First Acura today!

Average Mileage of a Used Car

The right mileage number differs greatly in terms of the kind of vehicle you’re looking at, its condition, and so much more, but a good rule of thumb to go by is to look at used cars that put on an average of 12,000 miles per year. This is just a ballpark estimate, so there will surely be cars that were driven more or less during this timeframe. However, if a used car has more highway miles over city miles, this is a better option and will be a better operating car for you in the long run.

Mileage vs. Age

Just because a car is older doesn’t mean that is has a lot of mileage on it, and the same could be said for newer pre-owned cars with higher mileage. Depending on your situation, your driving needs, and your budget, sometimes a newer car with high mileage might might prove to be the better fit as opposed to a low-mileage older car. Here are some quick tips to help you discern between mileage vs. age:

  • 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.

Additional Factors to Consider When Evaluating Used Cars

To go along with knowing how to discern between the mileage and age of a used vehicle, customers should also ask these questions or take these factors into consideration when on the hunt for a great used vehicle for sale:

  • 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, so review 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. Irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Discover Great Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale at First Acura

After you’ve learned what is considered high mileage for a used car, make sure to make your way over to First Acura to get a look at our used and certified pre-owned Acura inventory to find a sedan or SUV that fits your needs and budget. Our finance team is on hand to answer any of your questions and help you get the car-buying process started. You can even learn more about the difference between moonroofs and sunroofsContact us today to learn more and schedule a test drive near Cranston!

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