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What is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

A common question we hear at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals is, “What is good mileage on a used car?” While mileage is important, it is just one factor to consider when looking into a pre-owned vehicle. In the past, it was recommended that drivers shy away from a used car or a used truck with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer. Now, this isn’t necessarily the case with all of the advancements made in automotive technology. Cars are lasting longer than ever. If the vehicle is well-maintained, it could last well over that 100,000-mile mark. In addition to mileage, you will also want to look at condition, location, and usage. Greenway Toyota of the Shoals has the details. 

Tips for Buying a Used Car

As stated above, good mileage for a used car can vary and it is not the only area that determines whether a pre-owned vehicle is a good buy. Here are some other important factors to consider:

  • Usage – Driving in stop-and-go traffic is more stressful on your vehicle than driving on the open highway. This is why it can be beneficial to know the previous owner’s driving history. 
  • Location – Driving in a warm dry, warm climate is less strenuous than driving in a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – Have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase. A vehicle that is in need of a bit of TLC can still be a great investment, but you will need to factor those costs into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Ensure that the vehicle has a consistent maintenance history. If not, it could be a sign of issues to come.

Determining Good Mileage on a Used Car

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question, “What is good mileage on a used car?” There are many factors to take into consideration. It’s better to think about how much mileage you’ll get out of a used car. When comparing mileage vs. age, remember that the average driver puts 12,000 miles on a vehicle each year. 

Mileage vs. Age 

  • When a car is not driven on a regular basis, it can lead to mechanical issues or problems with rubber seals and gaskets.
  • If possible, choose a vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history. 
  • Low mileage vehicles generally are more costly. 

Shop for Used Cars at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals

Now that you know the smart way to shop for used cars, explore the extensive inventory available to near Muscle Shoals and Florence at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals. Visit us today to take one for a spin on the roads of Tuscumbia. Contact us today if you have any questions. 


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