What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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In addition to looking at a used car’s physical and mechanical condition, you’re also going to want to check the mileage. Most say to shy away from used cars with over 100,000 miles, however, depending on a few factors, that model might be a better choice than a newer model with low mileage. Some important factors for Decatur area drivers to consider when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle include condition, location, and usage. Learn more in this guide from Sam Leman Chevrolet Bloomington.

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

Though mileage on a used car is important, you’ll also want to take into consideration the following additional factors when buying used:

  • Condition – While this may seem obvious, you want to double check the condition of the used vehicle. Get a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with. Figure this cost into your budget.
  • Location – Vehicles that have been driven in a locale that has a dry, warm climate, undergo less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate.
  • Usage – Make sure that you get the previous owner’s driving history before you buy. A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway.
  • Maintenance – Check the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure that it has been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. An irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Mileage vs. Age

Though it’s common advice to opt for a low-mileage older car, a newer vehicle with high mileage might be a better option. If looking to buy a like-new model with low-mileage, check out the certified pre-owned models available. No matter which path you decide to take, make sure to take these factors into account when buying:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop if a car isn’t driven on a regular basis.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.
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Find Used Cars for Sale Near Springfield Today

At Sam Leman Chevrolet Bloomington, we have a wide variety of high-quality used models for you to choose from. In addition to quality models, such as the used Chevy Colorado, we offer rotating used vehicle specials as well as certified pre-owned models for your Normal commutes. Find the right model for you as well as some of the best deals available in the Normal area, then contact us if you have any questions or to get the process started.

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