How Many Miles Should a Used Car Have?

March 25th, 2016 by

Driver in a used car“How many miles should a used car have?” Any Goshen and Monroe drivers asking themselves that should let Middletown Honda help them out. Mileage is important, but there are actually plenty of factors to take into consideration. Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know.

Why Mileage Matters

Mileage is one of the most important things to consider when you’re looking for a used car. Though this number won’t represent an infallible picture of the car’s reliability, it can be used to gauge how much life the car has left in it.

This is because mechanical components are only built to last through certain amount of use. Mile upon mile of driving will cause wear and tear over time, and eventually there will be nothing left that can be done for the vehicle. That said, a high-mileage vehicle could surprise you.

The Right Kind of Mileage

Okay, so mileage is definitely important, but you really have to consider the type of mileage. For example, a car that has been driven a lot on the highway is likely to have been taken over longer distances, but steady cruising is a lot easier on its machinery than the frequent stopping and starting that happens in a city.

Of course, you’re not going to find an owner who is able to give you an exact breakdown of where their driving took place, and that’s part of why it’s important to inspect — and drive — a vehicle before purchasing it.

The Right Kind of Vehicle

Mileage is an important yardstick, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all of choosing a used car. One thing you should be wary of is an older model with very low mileage. Cars like to be driven — they are full of components that get brittle or dry without regular use.

Additionally, such a vehicle is unlikely to have been as well-maintained as one that has been used regularly. Make sure you see the maintenance report before you make a commitment. Your low-mileage bargain could turn out to be a big mistake. A well-maintained vehicle could have plenty of life left, even if it’s travelled a lot of miles.

You’ll Find an Outstanding Range of Used Vehicles at Middletown Honda

At Middletown Honda, you’ll find vehicles with all kinds of mileage numbers, plus regular used specials to help you save. Of course, if you’re looking for additional assurance, you can check out our selection of Honda Certified Pre-Owned cars for sale near Goshen, NY.

If you’re still not sure what you should be looking for, just visit us today for some impartial assistance. We welcome drivers from Monroe and the surrounding communities.

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