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What Is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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Shopping for a pre-owned vehicle is a great way to get a new car at an affordable price. However, the process doesn’t have to be complicated, but you just have to know what to look for. One of the most important things to consider when looking for a used vehicle is the current mileage on the odometer as this will give an idea of how much more life you can get out of the vehicle. What is good mileage on a used car? Learn what to search for and what to avoid with the experts at Rockingham Honda, located near Lawrence.

What to Look for When Shopping Pre-Owned

Before we talk about what good mileage for a used car is, let’s go over some of the basic things you should keep an eye out for when shopping for a used car in the Methuen area:

  • Maintenance History: Ask for the maintenance history of the vehicle to see if the previous driver kept up with routine services. An unfollowed maintenance schedule could result in expensive repairs later on.
  • Previous Usage: Sometimes, it’s not about how many miles are on the odometer but how much the vehicle was driven. For example, a car with 50,000 miles driven in stop-and-go traffic will wear down sooner than a car with 50,000 miles that was driven on the open highway. You can usually get a vehicle history report for a used vehicle, which will tell you the previous driver’s history.
  • Previous Location: A car that was driven in a colder and wetter area will undergo more stress than a vehicle that was driven in a warmer and dryer area.
  • Current Condition: Once you’ve found the car that catches your eye, you should have a certified mechanic give the vehicle an overall inspection to see if there are any significant mechanical issues, as they could become expensive problems later on.

Determining Good Mileage for a Used Car

So, now that you know the basic things to look for, let’s talk about mileage. What is good mileage on a used car? There are several factors that you have to consider when determining adequate mileage on a pre-owned vehicle. The best way to go about it is to consider how many more miles you can reasonably expect to get out of the vehicle. For reference, most Haverhill drivers usually put about 12,000 miles on their car every year.

So, if you have a car that has 50,000 miles and looks to be in pretty good shape, then you can probably expect to get plenty of miles from it. Even a cheap used vehicle with 100,000 miles can easily last at least another four or five years if it’s in decent shape. Here are some things to consider when determining appropriate mileage on a used car:

  • Usually, the lower the mileage, the higher the price tag.
  • The better and more well-documented a vehicle’s maintenance history is, the more desirable and more expensive the vehicle will be.
  • If a vehicle hasn’t been driven regularly, it will usually have larger repair costs as mechanical issues can still develop even if a vehicle isn’t driven regularly.

For vehicles that have been inspected for quality and have low mileage but don’t have the new-model price tag, consider a certified pre-owned vehicle at Rockingham Honda.

Get a Great Used Vehicle at Rockingham Honda

So, what is good mileage on a used car? Try to determine how many more miles you can get out of a car based on the current mileage. For more questions and car-buying concerns, visit us in Salem or contact us online.

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