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What is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

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One of the most common questions we hear at Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals is, “What is good mileage on a used car?” In the past, avoiding vehicles with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer was recommended. However, thanks to advancements in automotive technology, that is not always the case. While mileage is an important factor to consider when used car shopping, it is not the only area of concern. If a vehicle has more than 100,000 miles but is well maintained, it could still be a very good buy. Learn more about what is considered good mileage for a used car as well as other key areas to consider. 

Smart Used Car Shopping 

It is important not to rule out a high-mileage car right away because there are other factors that also affect whether a vehicle is a good investment for drivers around Florence and Muscle Shoals. 

  • Usage – You will want to know the driving habits of the previous owner(s) if possible. For example, a vehicle that has racked up most of its miles driving on the highway has probably undergone less stress than a vehicle that endures a lot of stop-and-go traffic around Decatur. 
  • Location – Vehicles that have been driven primarily in an area with a dry, warm climate experience less strain than vehicles from areas with a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – Any used car you are considering should be evaluated by a mechanic. Keep in mind that a vehicle that needs a little TLC could still be a great value. Just remember to keep those maintenance costs in mind when planning your budget. 
  • Maintenance – If the previous owner did not keep up with routine maintenance as the manufacturer recommends, costly future issues with the vehicle are more likely. 

Good Mileage for a Used Car 

The typical driver puts about 12,000 miles per year on the odometer. This can help when looking at mileage vs. age. Before you buy, think about the mileage you will be getting out of the vehicle you are purchasing. A newer car with high mileage could end up being a better buy than a low-mileage older car depending on how well the previous owner took care of the vehicle. 

A car that hasn’t been driven regularly could end up needing costly repairs. How is this possible? Mechanical issues and problems with rubber seals and gaskets can happen over time when a vehicle is not driven on a regular basis. 

Find Used Cars in Pristine Condition at Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals

If you are looking for a used car in like-new condition, you will find an excellent array of options right here at Greenway Hyundai of the Shoals. Contact us today for more information, and be sure to check out our pre-owned vehicle specials.

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