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What is Good Mileage On a Used Car?

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What is good mileage on a used car? It’s something a lot of Northern Alabama drivers think about when looking for their next used car, truck, or SUV, but is there a right answer? Greenway Nissan of Florence is here to let drivers know that mileage is just one part of picking out a used car in The Shoals. “Good” mileage for a used car can vary depending on factors like driving condition and the vehicle’s maintenance history. Greenway Nissan of Florence is happy to discuss the smart way to shop for a used car so you can make a more informed decision.

Finding the Right Used Car

While it is important to look at mileage when choosing a used car for life in Birmingham or Muscle Shoals, below are other factors that should also be taken into consideration:

  • Usage – You should know the driving history of the previous owner because driving a car for 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will cause it to wear down sooner than driving the same distance on the open highway.
  • Condition – Have a mechanic fully inspect the vehicle. Just because a car needs a little TLC does not mean that it isn’t a worthwhile purchase. Just remember to factor the maintenance costs into your budget.
  • Maintenance – It is best to choose a vehicle that is up-to-date on the recommended routine maintenance. A vehicle that has not received regular oil changes, tire rotations, and more could have significant issues in the not-too-distant future.

Good Mileage for a Used Car Purchase

There is no perfect way to answer, “What is good mileage on a used car?” A better way of thinking when shopping for a used car is determining how much mileage you’d like to get out of a used car. If a used car has 50,000 miles and has been maintained as the manufacturer recommended, it can be a good investment.

Keep in mind that thanks to advancements in automotive technology, most vehicles are lasting much longer than they used to. It’s not uncommon to see vehicles running smoothly with well over 100,000 miles on the odometer. It’s not uncommon to see a used truck with well over 100,000 miles.

The typical driver clocks about 12,000 miles per year, so keep this in mind when comparing mileage vs. age.

Mileage vs. Age

What about the age of a vehicle? A newer vehicle that has been well maintained but has a lot of miles on the odometer could still be a better option than an older car with less miles. Keep the following tips in mind when shopping for a used car.

  • If a car is left undriven for extended periods of time, it could still have low mileage, but may not be well-maintained. A car going undriven for an extended period of time can lead to other maintenance issues, too.
  • For added peace of mind driving around Florence or Decatur, consider a vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history.

Find the Pre-Owned Vehicle of Your Dreams at Greenway Nissan of Florence

The team at Greenway Nissan of Florence hopes that the tips above can help you choose a used vehicle you will love for many years to come. If, after reading through this information, you still want to shop based on mileage alone, check out our current inventory of used vehicles with less than 30,000 miles.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


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