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What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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When shopping for a used car in Bayside, there are many different factors to consider: age, condition, mileage, and more. While some factors are more straightforward, what is “good mileage” on a used car? The mileage of a vehicle usually indicates how much wear and tear the car has gone through, but modern cars are resilient. Most experts recommend looking for a vehicle under 100,000 miles to help ensure that you get a long life out of your used vehicle. But, mileage is just one part of the equation. 

Determining Good Mileage for a Used Car

When you look at the mileage of a used car, it’s important to look at the big picture. If one used car has neglected maintenance and the other hasn’t skipped a single oil change, then they could have equivalent miles on the odometer and completely different conditions. Here are a few things to keep in mind while shopping in Huntington.

    • Usage: Highway miles are easier on a car than stop-and-go city traffic. A car’s usage can affect its condition in a big way.
  • Location: Extreme heat, a wet climate, and freezing temperatures are hard on a car. Cars driven in a warmer, dry climate are often in better condition overall.
  • Condition: If possible, check out the vehicle history report and have a mechanic look under the hood. These resources can help you catch problems you may not be able to see.
  • Maintenance: Regular serving will make a huge difference in the car’s longevity, safety, and performance. Always opt for a well-maintained vehicle when available.

Choosing a Car Based on Mileage

As you can see, good mileage for a used car should be considered on a case by case basis. If you find a well-maintained car under $10k with around 100,000 miles in great condition, there’s a good chance you could get 200,000 miles total in Hempstead without issue. Always look at the big picture when searching for used cars. If you want a little extra peace of mind, we recommend browsing our certified pre-owned inventory. This allows you to get a newer used car with a complete inspection and warranty package.

Find Your Next Car with Platinum Volkswagen

Now you have a better idea of what is good mileage on a used car, so why not check out some of your options at Platinum Volkswagen? Contact us with any questions about the car buying process, or stop by Hicksville for a test drive. You can even buy cars online through our website if you’d prefer to shop from home.

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