What Is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

It’s time for a new ride, and you’ve decided a pre-owned vehicle is the best choice for your current needs in Clarkston after comparing the details of CPO vs. used. Great! Now that you’ve made that decision, you may be wondering how to approach buying a used car: What is good mileage for a used car? How do I find a used car that’s right for me? What can I expect to pay for a used vehicle? If you have these questions, read on below for our guide to buying a used car based on mileage, age, and other important factors like available pre-owned vehicle specials. 

Used-Car Buying Guide

Those in Waterford shopping for a used car should most certainly consider mileage, but in tandem with some other elements. Looking at the relationship and balance of the used-car buying factors listed below can help you make the most knowledgeable decision:

  • What is the car’s mileage? You’ll want to look at this compared to the vehicle’s model year. An older vehicle with a low odometer reading may actually present more issues than a new car with more miles. Low miles on an older car may imply it sat for a few years without running. This can cause mechanical issues. Be sure to consider mileage in relation to model year.
  • The vehicle’s driving history. What kind of driver was the previous owner? Did they log more city miles or highway miles on the vehicle? This can help you determine what kind of miles are on the car.
  • Where was the vehicle driven? Remember that regions with inclement weather or alternate terrain can affect the car’s mechanical and cosmetic condition. Knowing where the vehicle is coming from is essential to determining what’s caused any degree of wear.
  • Inspect the vehicle’s condition yourself, or ask for if the dealership conducted a multipoint inspection with a factory-trained technician before the car was put in the pre-owned lot. If not, schedule a professional inspection.
  • Acquire the vehicle’s maintenance history. Knowledge of a used vehicle’s previous repairs and service can clue you in to what may arise in the future or what parts are new and improved, and thus reliable.
  • And finally, consider the price based on what you need from the vehicle. Are you currently looking for a more affordable or short-term ride to take you around Lake Orion, or are you looking for a vehicle to have for the long-run? This will help determine what sort of investment you’re willing to make in a used vehicle.

Shop our Pre-Owned Vehicle Inventory at John Bowman Chevrolet, Inc.

Good mileage for a used car is dependent on a few other elements of the used vehicle’s history. Grand Blanc drivers interested in shopping our high-quality pre-owned inventory can rest assured that the used cars in our lot are in pristine condition. If you need help finding a car that’s perfect for your needs and your budget, contact us to talk to a member of our dealership team.


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6750 Dixie Hwy Clarkston, MI

Phone: (248) 625-5071

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