What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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You’ve decided to upgrade your ride to a newer model year, or your teen driver is finally ready for their first car so you turn to a used car. If you’re thinking about buying a used car near Hillsboro, but are concerned about potential repair costs that can come with buying used, then take a look at our simple guide to used car mileage, so you can answer the question “What is good mileage for a used car?” Our team at Lum's GMC is here to make the car buying process simpler than ever. Let our finance department show off the selection of low mileage used cars for sale in our inventory so you can find the model that works for you.



What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

It’s a pretty simple concept: the older a vehicle gets, the more general wear it will endure, and the likelihood increases that something will need repaired. Most people purchasing a used vehicle will prefer to find something with under 100,000 miles, and it’s important to take into account that the average Newberg driver puts between 10,000 and 12,000 miles on their vehicle per year, there are some factors to consider when aging a used vehicle:

  • How many miles vs. age of the car: A vehicle that is a couple of years old with 70,000 miles on it may be in worse shape than a 6-year-old vehicle with 70,000 miles on it, because it has been driven more in a shorter span of time.
  • Year of manufacture: Within the last decade, car manufacturing has improved significantly, which means there are now more recent used models that will last well over 100,000 miles, and even past 200,000 miles with proper maintenance.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: A vehicle with 15,000 miles on it that did not receive regular maintenance may have more issues than a vehicle with 30,000 miles on it that did receive regular maintenance. When purchasing, be sure to inquire about service records for the vehicle in question.

Additional things to Consider When Buying a Used Car

  • Model Generation: On occasion, a model with a great reputation undergoes a redesign and the new iteration can sometimes be worse. That being said, a vehicle with a previously bad reputation can pull a 180 and turn into a great generation of vehicle!
  • Vehicle History Report: A vehicle history report from the previous owner will show any repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records, that may tell you more about what wear and tear the car has sustained over the years.
  • Location: The vehicle history report will also indicate where the vehicle has been registered. Dryer climates like that of Southern California are gentler on vehicles than places with a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest.

Find a Low Mileage Used Car For Sale in McMinnville

Now that you know what is considered high mileage for a used car, the next step is applying for financing online and letting our team work with you to get you back on the road to Salem and beyond. Have any questions about our low mileage used cars for sale? Contact us today!


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