What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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There are several common criteria that shoppers use when searching for a used or pre-owned car, truck, or SUV in the Belleville area like our used Jeep SUVs. Historically though, mileage has always been high on the list when choosing the perfect match. Wondering what is considered good mileage for used cars? Learn more with Auffenberg CDJR before visiting us for a test drive!

Important Factors to Look at When Buying Used

  • Physical Condition – Vehicles with similar mileage can have had widely differing driving experiences. Miles covered on the interstate at a consistent speed are less wearing on the vehicle than stop-and-go traffic around busy Smithton streets.
  • Mechanical Condition – Look under the hood and check fluid levels such as oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. Listen for noises that seem out of the ordinary when the engine is running. All can be indicators of the road-worthiness of your purchase.
  • Driving History – Try to enlist the services of a certified technician to examine the vehicle before you buy it. Generally, a professional will know what to look for in a used or pre-owned car, truck or SUV.
  • Where is the Vehicle Located? – Vehicles that have been driven in snow, ice, and sleet are typically in better condition, both mechanically and visually, than those which have spent their lives in warmer climates.
  • Service Record – Ascertain the vehicle’s service record documents if possible. They typically will indicate if the car, truck, or SUV has been treated well by the owner or not. However, this is not a deal-breaker. Many drivers don’t keep records, especially if there have been multiple previous owners

Condition vs. Mileage: Which is More Important in a Used Car?

You’ve examined your choices and you’re leaning towards buying a nice, certified pre-owned vehicle that is priced affordably. What is a good mileage on a used car? For easy reckoning, you should figure that 12,000 miles per year is a reasonable amount of odometer mileage to show, but more than 12K per year can still represent a good buy. That is where condition comes in.

Review the factors we discussed above and be sure to access the vehicle’s history report if you can.

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Buy a Used Car Near East St. Louis Today!

When you purchase a used or certified pre-owned vehicle at Auffenberg CDJR, remember that you are getting the best deal possible along with specific guarantees you won’t find at other dealerships. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have – including any questions you have about trading in your current vehicle! We look forward to helping you explore our used inventory and helping you find out what is good mileage for a used car.

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