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When shopping for a used car, it's important to check a car's physical and mechanical condition, but you should also check that odometer. Some drivers will recommend shying away from high-mileage vehicles, but if you're looking for an affordable car around Belleville, you should be open-minded. Most cars are made incredibly well now and can last well over 100,000 miles -- we have had trucks that are in great condition with over 200,000 miles!

Some important factors for Mascoutah area drivers to consider when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle include condition, location, and usage; learn more with Auffenberg Ford Belleville by reading on.

Shopping for a Used Car: The Smart Way

Asking whether some number of miles is "too many miles" is a good place to start, but it's important to get into the specifics. When trying to find out what good mileage is on a used car, consider:

  • Usage - A car or truck that's done 75,000 miles in city driving is probably in worse shape than one with similar mileage spent on the highway. Similarly, 75,000 miles over 5 years could indicate a well-maintained car vs a rarely driven one (more on that below).
  • Location - Check the vehicle's history and determine whether it was driven in a warm, dry climate or a cold, wet one. The former are usually in better shape just due to the weather conditions.
  • Condition - Check the vehicle history report and inspect the vehicle yourself for rust or other visible issues. Figure the cost of fixing these into your budget.

Mileage vs. Age 

  • If you put 15,000 miles per year on a car for 5 years, there's a good chance you keep up with the maintenance -- and it's clearly being driven regularly.
  • That same 75,000 miles on a car that's 15 or 20 years old, though, definitely indicates a car that isn't driven often -- and it might not be maintained well because of that.
  • A Certified Pre-Owned model is worth considering if your goal is to purchase a like-new, low-mileage vehicle.

Find Used Cars Near Columbia Today

There's more to consider than just the mileage when shopping for a used car, and Auffenberg Ford Belleville can help. Check out our used vehicle specials to find some of the best deals available in the Waterloo area, and please contact us if you have any questions.