What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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If purchasing a pre-owned car to drive around Waterloo and the surrounding areas is a top priority, you naturally want a quality vehicle. In addition to learning about a potential car’s maintenance history, exterior and interior features, and safety rating, you need to find out its mileage. So what is good mileage on a used car? Learn all about good used car mileage with Auffenberg Ford South Belleville to make an informed buying decision. We offer a diverse pre-owned vehicle inventory, so contact us whenever you want to test drive your preferred make and model! 


Pre-Owned Car Shopping: What You Need to Know

Besides learning about good mileage on a used car, it is also important to keep the following factors in mind: 

  • City Vs. Highway Usage: A car driven 65,000 miles in stop-and-go traffic every day wears out faster than a vehicle with 65,000 miles from open highway driving. You’ll subsequently need the used car’s driving history in addition to its maintenance report.
  • Condition: The pre-owned car’s current condition must be assessed to avoid buying a “lemon” or a vehicle with so many issues it is not worth driving. Have a professional inspect the used car for rust and other signs of flooding, mechanical problems, and any other big issues. Repair costs should be included in your final total.
  • Location: Pre-owned vehicles driven in dry, warm climates are typically in better condition than cars operated in cold, wet regions.

Good Mileage For a Used Car Explained

What is good mileage on a used car? There is no straightforward answer. In general, a vehicle with 50,000 miles or less and few to no repair issues is an excellent investment. However, you could also purchase a car with 80,000, 90,000, or 100,000 miles on it so long as it has been maintained. Such vehicles can last four years or longer with the right care! It also helps to think about the following mileage vs. age considerations: 

  • A car that has sat in a garage instead of being driven regularly in Mascoutah and the nearby communities will probably incur higher repair costs. Mechanical issues are common with “sitting” vehicles, as are deteriorating rubber gaskets and seals. 
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is always preferable since you know exactly what you are getting and will avoid unpleasant repair “surprises.” 
  • Low-mileage vehicles are usually higher-priced because they are arguably in better condition. 

Select From the Quality Used Cars at Auffenberg Ford South Belleville Today! 

Now that you know more about good used car mileage, why not browse the pre-owned selection at Auffenberg Ford South Belleville? We offer a varied inventory, allowing you to find your ideal make and model, and our dealership is close to Columbia. Call 618-589-8079 or contact us today to set up a test drive! For more informative reads, check out why you should buy a certified pre-owned Ford and learn how to refinance a car loan


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