What Is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

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When you buy a used car, it’s essential to inspect each vehicle thoroughly to ensure you’re getting a good deal. Most people and professionals know that buying a used car with over 100,000 miles on it is a risk, but that’s not always the case. If a car you like has more than 100,000 miles with consistent routine maintenance, then it could be a good buy. When trying to decide whether you’re getting a good deal, you should consider the following:

  • What’s the vehicle’s condition? (body, interior, parts)
  • Where was the vehicle driven? (warm, dry climate, cold and wet, highway, or stop-and-go traffic)
  • Usage (mileage, maintenance history)

Mileage isn’t the only factor you should consider when buying a used car, but “good” mileage is typically considered anything under 75,000 miles. Browse our used and certified pre-owned vehicles on our lot near Oklahoma City. 

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

While used car shopping, you should consider the following: 

  • Usage – A car that’s driven in stop-and-go traffic will have more wear than one that was driven on an open highway. 
  • Location – Vehicles that were driven in warm, dry climates will be in better condition than those driven in cold and wet weather. 
  • Condition – Ask a professional mechanic to take a look under the hood for mechanical issues and rust, as that will impact the value and longevity of the vehicle. 
  • Maintenance – Check the history report for routine maintenance, as that will indicate whether the car has been well-maintained or neglected. 

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

What is good mileage on a used car? Though it appears to be a straightforward question, there’s no simple answer. A used car’s condition depends on its overall condition, rather than one aspect like milage. Ideally, you want a car with less than 100,000 and a history report showing routine maintenance performed regularly. 

A cheap vehicle with over 100,000 miles on it can last you for a few years without issue if it was well-maintained. 

Mileage vs. Age 

A newer vehicle with higher mileage is more likely to last longer than an old vehicle with lower mileage. Consider the following before you sign on the dotted line:

  • A vehicle that wasn’t driven regularly by the previous owner will be in worse condition than one that was driven regularly. 
  • A car that has a full history report of routine maintenance is a much better buy than one that hasn’t been service regularly. 
  • Lower mileage cars come with a higher price tag. 

Certified pre-owned vehicles are a good option for drivers who want a like-new car without high financing costs. 

Find Used Cars Near Shawnee Today

Browse our used vehicle inventory for deals on popular models. Our finance department can set you up with a financing or leasing agreement that suits your budget. Browse our used vehicle specials, then apply for financing online. Contact us if you have any questions about our inventory or financing at Post Oak Toyota. Visit us today near Edmond and Shawnee.

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