What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car? | Motorwerks MINI

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The used car buying process can come with more questions than new car buying. Our Motorwerks MINI guide is here to help St Louis Park and Golden Valley drivers find low mileage used cars for sale and answer their questions about mileage and used cars. Keep reading to learn more, and contact us at any point so we can answer your questions.

So, What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Over the lifespan of a vehicle, repair costs will continue to increase. When you are on the hunt for used cars, you are most likely looking for something under 100,000 miles. On average, a driver puts 10,000-12,000 miles on their vehicle per year. Here are some factors to consider if you are wondering what is good mileage for a used car:

  • Mileage vs. Car Age: If you have found a vehicle with 40,000 miles, but it’s only a year old, it may be in worse condition than a 4 year old vehicle with 60,000 miles on it. The newer car was driven extensively in a smaller period of time, which could cause more wear and tear.
  • Year of manufacture: Car manufacturing has improved dramatically in the last 10 years. More recent models may last a significantly longer period than some of the older models. You may even be able to drive them well past 100,000 miles.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: If you are able to find a used car with a detailed history of regular maintenance, that car will very likely be in better shape than a car with fewer miles but irregular maintenance.

Further Considerations: What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

  • Model Generation: Over the years vehicle brands will redesign their models. One year, a model may have a great reputation, and the following year, it can go poorly. Websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com can help you assess the history of a model you are looking at.
  • Vehicle History Report: Getting a report on the history of a vehicle can help you learn more about the repair reports, collisions, any police interactions, and DMV records.
  • Location: Knowing where a car has spent most of its lifetime can help you assess how much normal wear and tear has occurred. Dryer places are generally more gentle on vehicles while humid places or places with harsh winters can cause more wear and tear.
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: Luxury brands may become more expensive to repair over time, but the dealerships for luxury brands may offer perks whilst your car is being repaired.

Come to Motorwerks MINI to Find Your Used Car

Come visit us at Motorwerks MINI outside of Minneapolis. Hopefully, we have helped you answer your questions about what is considered high mileage for a used car, and now we can help you find a low mileage used car. Stop by our dealership in Golden Valley today and explore our used vehicle specials before you come in.

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