What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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Nobody wants to drive off their local used car dealership lot with a lemon, and that means everybody wants to know: What is good mileage on a used car? The truth is that used car quality depends on a variety of factors, including age, usage, and maintenance history. With that said, when all other things are equal, you should look for cars with fewer than 150,000 miles on the odometer. Since the Don Franklin Auto offers more than 1,000 used cars for sale in Kentucky, we’re a great place to start your search.

How Can I Tell if a Used Car Has Good Mileage?

In years past, many experts would tell you that you shouldn’t choose a used car with more than 100,000 miles. Although today’s vehicles can last a lot longer than they used to, there are several factors that should make you think twice before choosing a car with high mileage:

  • Not all miles add up equally. Stop-and-go traffic is harder on an engine than highway cruising, so ask how and where the car has been driven, especially if you’re buying from a private seller.
  • Location and climate have a bigger impact than you’d expect. If possible, choose a car that’s spent most of its years in a dry, temperate climate. Too much heat, cold, or rain will take a toll.
  • Maintenance history is the single most important factor in a used car purchase. If you’re comparing used cars, choose the model that has the most well-documented maintenance history, even if it has a few more miles than the other option.

Weighing Mileage vs. Age

Drivers on the hunt for low mileage used cars might end up finding an older model that hasn’t been driven very much. There are a few things you should consider before you opt for an older vehicle, even if it has good mileage for a used car:

  • If your car hasn’t been driven regularly, it will probably have higher repair costs, especially but not only during the first few months of ownership. Car parts break down over time, even if the vehicle isn’t being driven.
  • If a vehicle has been sitting around for years, you should ask yourself why! Chances are, there’s a good reason that the vehicle doesn’t have very many miles.
  • Low mileage vehicles often have a higher price tag than other pre-owned models. It’s up to you to determine if that higher price tag is worth it–especially if the vehicle is an older one.

How Can I Be Sure that I’m Getting Good Mileage for a Used Car?

Did you know that many manufacturers will certify their low mileage used cars for resale? With the brands we sell here at the Don Franklin Auto, the certified pre-owned (or CPO) label gives you a clear indication that you’re looking at a model with good mileage!

In most cases, these vehicles will have fewer than 100,000 miles on the odometer, and they’ll often have significantly less. What’s more, each certified pre-owned vehicle must pass a factory-mandated inspection before it heads out on the road.

Check Out the Used Cars with the Don Franklin Auto!

Now that you’ve answered the question, “What is good mileage on a used car?” We’d hope that you’re ready to start a new adventure! Explore our CPO inventory or, for superior savings, check out our lineup of models priced under $10,000! Talk to our finance department today to find out how to save even more on used cars with good mileage near you.

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Don Franklin Auto
Don Franklin Auto
3360 Richmond Rd
Lexington, KY, 40509 US
Don Franklin Auto 37.996606, -84.442716.