What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

Car Spedometer and Odometer

If you’re like most of our Forest Grove customers, one of the first things you look at on a used car for sale is the odometer. We understand. Mileage is important. You don’t want to buy a car with too many miles on it. But do you know what is considered high mileage for a used car? The number may be higher than you think. The good news is that we have plenty of low mileage used cars for sale at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hillsboro. But we want you to make an informed choice wherever you buy your next vehicle. So, let’s determine what is good mileage for a used car.


What is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

What is good mileage for a used car? What is considered high mileage for a used car varies, depending on the type of car you buy. Some vehicles are close to the end of their lives when they reach 100,000 miles. Other cars, like some compacts with 4-cylinder engines, are just getting started at 100,000. So, do your homework. What do long-time owners of the vehicle you’re considering say about it on the Internet? After doing your research, you may find out that what you thought was a low mileage used car for sale may, in fact, be a high mileage used car.

In addition to those factors, you’ll also want to consider the chronological age of the vehicle. Experts say that no more than 12,000 to 15,000 miles should be put on a car in a year. So, if the car you’re looking at is, for example, four years old, mileage in excess of 60,000 miles would be more than what would be considered high mileage for that used car.

What Kind of Miles Were Put on the Car?

While it’s important to determine what is good mileage for a used car, you also need to know how those miles were put on the vehicle.

  • Has the car been through some rough winters? Cold, harsh weather and salted roads are both bad on a car.
  • Is the vehicle a certified pre-owned car? Certified pre-owned cars come with a warranty and have to pass a rigorous inspection.
  • Has the car been in an accident? Accidents can weaken a car structurally, even when the damage is repaired.
  • Does the vehicle have a record of maintenance? A low mileage used car that has been neglected will likely not last as long as a car with a little higher mileage, but has had regular maintenance.
  • Are those city miles or highway miles on the odometer? Highway miles are much kinder on a vehicle than driving in the stop-and-go traffic of Aloha.

Find Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Take the uncertainty out of shopping for a used car and check out the reliable pre-owned vehicles on our lot. Be sure to check out our used cars priced less than $10,000. We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next car. You can even apply for financing online. We’re just a short drive away from Beaverton. So visit us in Hillsboro today!

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