What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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When you’re looking through the pre-owned vehicle inventory at Millennium Chevrolet, you might wonder, “What is good mileage for a used car?” Determining what is considered high mileage for a used car or low mileage is more complicated than you might think, because modern cars are so much more durable than cars of the past. Back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon to retire a vehicle with 100,000 miles on the odometer. Now, you can easily find cars in Hicksville running smoothly with over 200,000 miles! Learn all about mileage with Millennium Chevrolet, and check out our low mileage used cars for sale in Hempstead.

Shopping for Your Used Car

Before diving into what is considered high mileage for a used car, what are the factors that influence a used car’s condition? 

  • Usage – Try to find out the driving history of the car if possible. A car with 50,000 miles of smooth highway driving will likely have less wear and tear than 50,000 miles of stop-and-go city traffic.
  • Location – Driving climate can also make a big difference on the car’s condition. A dry, warm climate is much less stressful on a vehicle than a cold, wet climate. 
  • Condition – If possible, get a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle. If they find mechanical problems or rust, be sure to add this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Get the maintenance history of any vehicle that you are considering. Vehicles with spotty maintenance history should be inspected very thoroughly.

Choosing a Used Car Based on Mileage

So, what is good mileage for a used car? Because there are so many factors to consider, we encourage you to think about how many miles the car has left rather than how many miles the car has driven. A well-maintained car with 50,000 miles has plenty of life left on the Freeport roads. But, a car with 100,000 miles and perfect maintenance records might also be a great buy – and quite a bit cheaper! The average driver logs around 12,000 miles per year, so use this information to help you calculate.

Understanding Mileage vs. Age 

Beyond what is considered high mileage for a used car or low mileage for a used car, you’ll also need to think about the relationship between your car’s mileage and age.

  • An old car with low mileage might have issues from being driven so little. Rubber seals and gaskets will break down if the car isn’t driven regularly, which can lead to more service costs.
  • Maintenance is the biggest factor in a car’s longevity. Always prioritize a well-maintained car over one with an irregular maintenance history.
  • Lower-mileage vehicles might have less wear and tear, but they also tend to carry a higher price tag. Consider higher mileage options if you’re on a budget, and consider Certified Pre-Owned options if you’re looking for low-mileage used cars for sale with a warranty.

Find Low-Mileage Used Cars for Sale at Millennium Chevrolet

Are you ready to find your next vehicle? Contact us at Millennium Chevrolet to find out more about our pre-owned inventory, and we’ll help you find just the right model for your wants and needs in Douglaston. 


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