What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

 

If you're in the Cicero and Oak Lawn area searching for a dependable Honda without breaking the bank, then you may be opting for a used car. But while the luxury of a new model is surely its low mileage, what is good mileage for a used car? Some may deter you from even looking at used cars with more than 100,000 miles, but if the vehicle was kept in great condition and updated on its maintenance schedule, these can still be great options. Learn more about how to spot low mileage used cars for sale and more from the experts at Honda City Chicago.

Average Mileage of a Used Car

While a specific number may be difficult to pin down when it comes to the correct mileage to look for in a used car, many experts suggest that the average number of 12,000 miles per year should be the norm for most used cars. Some may be driven less and some may be driven more, and if the vehicle has more highway miles over city miles, then this is much better for the vehicle in the long run.

Mileage vs. Age

Drivers should also know how to discern between mileage and age of the used car. In some cases, a newer car with high mileage might be a more suitable option over a low-mileage older car. Depending on your specific situation, take these factors into account when assessing the mileage and age of the car you're interested in:

  • A car that hasn't been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop if a car isn't driven on a regular basis.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.

Additional Factors to Consider When Evaluating Used Cars

When searching for a reliable used car, there are many more factors to consider other than mileage which can impact your decision. These should include:

  • Usage - A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway, so review the previous owner's driving history before you buy.
  • Location - Vehicles that have been driven in a locale that has a dry, warm climate undergo less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition - Get a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with. Figure this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance - Check the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure that it has been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. Irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Find Quality Used Cars at Honda City Today

Now that you know what is considered high mileage for a used car, make your way over to Honda City Chicago to learn more and to see how you can save on great used Honda sedans, SUVs, and more. Take a look at our used inventory, or save when you take advantage of our rotating national offers, specials, and cars under $10K. You can even see how our auto body shop can keep your vehicle looking in top shape. Contact us to learn more about car buying tips from our finance team including the difference between coupe or sedan models, or schedule a test drive near Chicago!