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What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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Typically, car buyers are warned to stay away from used cars with over 100,000 miles, but that warning doesn’t capture the majority of used vehicles out there. These days as innovation in the car industry grows, used cars are lasting longer. Vehicles with high mileage that have been well taken care of are still worthwhile investments. Finding the best mileage for used cars depends on the vehicle itself and your needs for it. At Brooklyn Mitsubishi, learn more about what is considered high mileage for a used car and what to consider when searching. Browse our selection used vehicles at our dealership near Manhattan.


Buying Used: Consider These Factors

When considering what the best mileage for a used car is, it’s important to look at the whole picture. Take into account these factors:

  • Location: Where did the vehicle see the most driving? If it was located in a wet, cold climate, it may see more wear than a vehicle from a warm, dry climate.
  • Usage: A car that has 75,000 miles, but has mostly been used on the open highway will be in better condition than a car that has driven 75,000 miles in stop-and-go city traffic.
  • Maintenance: A history of regular maintenance will take a vehicle far. Reviewing the history will give an idea of the type of work that has been done and if it was serviced according to factory standards.
  • Condition: Always have a certified mechanic conduct pre-purchase inspections before buying. This can give a preview of any problems that need to be addressed now or may arise in the future.

Whether you want to stay up-to-date on your routine maintenance or need extensive repairs, stop into the service center at Brooklyn Mitsubishi!


What is Considered High Mileage For a Used Car?

There isn’t a straightforward answer to “what is considered high mileage for a used car?”. A used car with 50,000 miles and in good condition will probably be a great car to buy and take on the streets of Queens. However, the average driver drives 12,000 miles a year, so a used car in good condition with 100,000 or even 200,000 miles might be the right option. Consider what the car will be used for in the future and be sure to take into account mileage vs age.


Mileage vs. Age:

Choosing a newer car with high mileage might be the better choice than an older car with low mileage. Think about these points:

  • Older vehicles that aren’t driven often may develop problems over time as they have sat idle. While the mileage might be low, problems like worn gaskets and seals, dry rotted tires, and rust may cost more to fix than the car is worth.
  • Used vehicles with a well-documented history are often the best option. So, low-mileage older vehicles or high-mileage newer vehicles that are maintained might be equally smart options.
  • Even if both low and high mileage used cars are well-maintained, low mileage cars tend to cost more.

Find Your Used Car at Brooklyn Mitsubishi!

Now that you know what to look for when considering what is a good mileage for your used car, stop into Brooklyn Mitsubishi and browse our inventory of used vehicles. Contact our finance center for more information about financing options, valuing your trade, or special offers. Also be sure to learn more about insurance requirements for financed used models.


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