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What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

When you’re shopping for a used car near Lakeland, you’ll want to be sure to check out its mileage, in addition to its physical and mechanical condition. Many shoppers automatically think that 100,000 miles is nowhere near good mileage for a used car, but this isn’t always true. A vehicle that was well taken care of and properly maintained can still be a great purchase, even if it has a good amount of miles on the odometer. Other important factors to consider include condition, location, and usage – learn more with Chevrolet Center!

How to Shop for a Used Car

There are a few things you should keep in mind during the used-car-shopping process, in addition to its mileage:

  • Usage – How was your prospective new used vehicle driven in Haines City? Stop and go traffic causes more wear, faster, than open highway driving.
  • Location – Where was the vehicle owned during its lifetime? If it came from a hot, dry climate like New Mexico or Arizona, it will have fared better over the years than a vehicle from a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – When you’re buying from a private seller, you should always have a certified mechanic perform an inspection on the vehicle in question. If they unearth any issues, like mechanical problems or rust, it will need to be dealt with. Figure this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Have you checked the vehicle’s maintenance history? You should ensure it’s up to date on routine services like oil changes, tire rotation, and more. Irregular services histories may point to costly issues in the near future.

Mileage vs. Age

A newer model year with higher mileage can be a smarter choice than an older model with lower mileage. Take these factors into account when you’re buying:

  • A vehicle with a clearly documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles typically come with higher prices.
  • If a car wasn’t driven on a regular basis, it may come with higher repair costs. Mechanical issues or problems with rubber seals and gaskets can arise when a car isn’t taken out on the road regularly.

If it’s a like-new, low-mileage vehicle you’re after, you’d do well to consider a certified pre-owned option.

Shop Used Cars at Chevrolet Center Today!

Now that we’ve discussed good mileage for a used car, you’re probably anxious to get behind the wheel! Here at Chevrolet Center, we offer a vast inventory of quality used cars for sale to Davenport shoppers and beyond, including the used Chevy Malibu. We always perform a thorough quality inspection before sending them out to our lot, so you can rest assured you’re making a smart purchasing decision! Additionally, our rotating selection of used vehicle specials can help you save even more. Contact us today with any questions you may have about our inventory or for expert advice on how and when to buy a car.

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