What is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

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Have you been shopping at Lee's Summit dealerships for a used car? You likely want one that has relatively low mileage. What is good mileage for a used car? How many miles on the odometer are too many? How can you tell if a car has been well-maintained or abused? How do you balance the price, age, and condition of a used car? Aristocrat Motors Lee's Summit is here to discuss what constitutes good mileage for a used car.



Good Mileage For a Used Car

So, what is good mileage on a used car? There is no hard and fast rule, but experts agree that the average car gets about 12,000 miles per year. So, if you’re looking at a 5-year-old car, it should have around 60,000 miles or less. However, this is just an estimate, and some cars you find for sale around Blue Springs may have more or less miles depending on how they were driven and maintained.

How to Determine Good Mileage For a Used Car?

With a little research, you can have a reasonable idea of the kind of used car that will last you a while on your Independence commute. Some factors that determine good mileage for a used car are:

  • Where the car was driven – Highway driving is easier on the engine than stop-and-go city driving, so a car with more highway miles may be in better shape than one with more city miles.
  • The maintenance history – A car that has been regularly serviced and repaired according to the manufacturer’s recommendations will likely last longer than one that has been neglected or abused. You can check the service records of a car using a Carfax Vehicle History Report, which also shows any accidents or damage reported.
  • The reliability of the brand and model – Some cars are known to be more durable and dependable than others, and can run for hundreds of thousands of miles with proper care.

Test Drive Reliable Used Cars at Aristocrat Motors Lee's Summit in Lee's Summit

There are lots of great, low-mileage pre-owned cars on our lot. Take one or more of them for a test drive. And, if you found this guide to be helpful, check out our other car buying tips, like our post on what to look for when buying a used car. We’re just a short drive away from Kansas City and would love to introduce you to your next car. So, feel free to contact us today!


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