What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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Drivers are always curious about mileage when shopping our used car inventory, asking questions like “What is good mileage for a used car?” and “What is considered high mileage for a used car?” The answer is that it really depends, but the experts at Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading are here to break down the different factors for you. Get to know our car buying tips, and shop our low mileage cars for sale in Reading!



What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

Some shoppers avoid “high mileage cars” because they believe the amount of wear and tear, as well as the potential for expensive repairs, is not worth the investment. So, what is considered “high mileage” for a used car? Let’s go into the different factors:

  • Driver’s average mileage: Drivers around Pottstown and Lancaster typically log around 10,000 to 12,000 miles every year. 
  • Miles vs. age of car: A newer car that has logged 60,000 miles in a year will probably have more wear and tear than a 5-year old car with 60,000 miles.
  • Year of manufacture: The past decade has seen significant improvements in car safety, construction, and durability. It’s not uncommon to see well-maintained cars lasting well over 100,000 miles – or even 200,000 miles!
  • Maintenance: Maintenance is a huge factor in vehicle longevity. A car with 15,000 miles on the odometer and zero service history is a much riskier purchase than a 30,000-mile car with great maintenance records.

What Else Should I Consider When Buying a Used Car?

  • Model Generation: Even models with great reputations can have a few dud generations. Do your research on websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com. Sometimes models get redesigned with good results but sometimes bad results as well.
  • Vehicle History Report: A vehicle history report reveals repair reports, collisions, police records, and DMV records. A detailed report helps you avoid any unexpected surprises – as well as expensive problems down the road.
  • Location: Harsh weather conditions can be rough on a vehicle, resulting in everything from hail damage to corrosion to paint damage. If your car came from a more extreme climate, consider an inspection. 
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: Foreign luxury cars may be opulent, but figure the cost of maintenance into your budget. The costs of shipping genuine OEM parts overseas to Allentown can be costly. However, many luxury brands have good warranties – particularly on certified pre-owned models.

Shop Low Mileage Used Cars for Sale at Reading

When you’re ready to start shopping, we’ve got an extensive used car inventory at Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading that’s packed with high-quality options. Shop our low mileage used cars for sale in Reading, and contact us today with any questions about finding your dream car.


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