What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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When shopping for a used car, checking mileage, as well as physical and mechanical condition, is an important step. Although many would suggest avoiding a pre-owned car with 100,000+ miles, in some cases, cars can last for thousands of miles with routine maintenance — and still deliver a great value. There are a lot of different factors to consider when you’re shopping for a used car based on mileage, such as condition, location, and usage. Read on to learn more about how to shop smart for a used car!

Used Car Shopping: What to Look for

Keep the following points in mind when shopping for a new-to-you vehicle:

  • Location: Cold, wet weather isn’t kind to cars. If a vehicle has been driven in a chilly, damp climate, it may experience more problems down the road than a vehicle driven in a much warmer climate.
  • Usage: How a car is driven will impact its lifespan. If a car’s been driven 75,000 miles in stop-and-go-traffic, rather than 75,000 miles on open rural highways, chances are it’ll experience more mechanical stress.
  • Condition: Before you commit to a used car, you’ll want to get it inspected by a trusted mechanic to see if there are any serious mechanical problems or rust. Don’t forget to figure this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance: Review the car’s maintenance history to make sure you’re choosing a car that’s up-to-date on services like oil changes, tire rotations, and wheel alignment.

Used Car Shopping: Age vs. Mileage

Another factor to consider is age. Just because a car is older with high mileage doesn’t mean it’s not a good buy. Contrarily, a newer car with high mileage might be a better pick than an older car with low mileage. Keep the following points in mind to strike a good balance between age and mileage:

  • If a car is older with low mileage, it hasn’t been driven much. This can indicate underlying mechanical problems or issues with components like rubber seals and gaskets, because the car hasn’t gotten much “exercise.”
  • In every case, a pre-owned car with a thorough service history is the better option over a car that doesn’t have service records.
  • Cars with lower mileage are usually more expensive.

If you’re searching for a used car that’s under 124,000 miles and includes warranty coverage, consider a Certified Pre-Owned Porsche. Our pre-owned inventory includes late-model Porsche CPO models — all of which are backed by a comprehensive 2-year/unlimited miles Powertrain Warranty.

Shop Used Cars Near Portsmouth Today!

At Porsche Stratham, you’ll find a wide selection of high-quality pre-owned vehicles, as well as CPO Porsche models. We can help you find a reliable car that makes sense for your lifestyle. Contact us online or give us a call at (603) 775-4095. While you’re here, be sure to browse our pre-owned vehicle specials and our under-$10k inventory for excellent offers on a new-to-you car! Continue your search for the perfect pre-owned vehicle with our comparison of used vs. certified pre-owned models. Want to learn more? Read up on what liability insurance covers today. Once you’ve had the chance to find the right used car, learn how can save more when you trade-in your current ride.


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