How Much Mileage Is Good for a Used Car?
There are many reasons why buying a used car rather than a new car is a wise choice. But there are also factors that should be taken into consideration before purchasing a used car. Good mileage is one them. But how much mileage is good for a used car? Here’s what to know before purchasing a used car.
As a general rule of thumb, 15,000 miles a year is considered an “average” number of miles per year. So, a car that is five years old would have about 75,000 miles to be considered “average.” Anything significantly more, and a car is considered to be “high mileage.” Anything significantly less, and it’s a “low mileage” car.
But, don’t assume a car is in good condition because it has “low” or “average” miles — or that it is in bad condition if it has “high” miles. Many modern cars with 100K-150K miles are in great condition and will easily go another 100K. However, if a car has not been maintained properly and has been driven hard or previously wrecked, it can be junk with only 30K miles on the odometer.
Be cautious if a used car is nearing a service milestone but hasn’t been taken in by its previous owner. It could mean extra and unexpected costs. A smart choice is to buy a pre-owned car that has been serviced at each of these milestones:
At 3,000 miles
At 6,000 miles
At 12,000 miles
At 15,000 miles
At 30,000 miles
At 45,000 miles
At 60,000 miles
At 100,000 miles
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