What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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Most drivers already know that checking what’s on the odometer is an important part of shopping for pre-owned vehicles, but exactly what is good mileage on a used car? It used to be that picking a used model with over 100,000 miles on the clock meant taking a gamble, but that’s no longer strictly true – a well-maintained vehicle can now last years without showing its age, even after breaking six figures.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick overview of important factors Conway area drivers should consider before taking home a used Jeep Gladiator.

Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Used Car

Mileage might be an important concern, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you look at. Other questions you should ask include:

  • How Has the Car Been Used? Racking up 50,000 miles mostly in stop-and-go traffic in a used RAM 1500 is going to wear parts out sooner than covering the same number of miles on the highway between North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.
  • Where Has the Vehicle Been Driven? Cold, wet climates put more strain on vehicles than hot, dry climates.
  • What’s the Vehicle’s Condition? Make sure a certified mechanic inspects for any rust or mechanical problems.
  • How Has the Vehicle Been Maintained? Even low-mileage vehicles might not be a safe bet if they have an irregular service history.

Finding Good Mileage for Used Car Models

As noted above, there are many factors beyond mileage, so don’t let a low number sway your decision. Here are a few further points to keep in mind:

  • You’ll usually be better off buying a newer used car with high mileage than an older used car with low mileage.
  • A vehicle that hasn’t been driven frequently often has surprising high repair costs since issues can develop when a vehicle sits idle for long periods.
  • A well-documented maintenance history should be considered vastly preferable to a spotty one.
  • You’ll almost always spend more for a low-mileage vehicle.

You might also want to consider picking up a certified pre-owned vehicle to enjoy lower mileage than most used models, plus several further benefits.

Find a Wide Range of Used Models Available from Myrtle Beach Chrysler Jeep

Whatever you’re looking for in a used vehicle, our team can help you find it. For any further advice or assistance, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at 843-353-6349.

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