Used vehicles are a great alternative to a brand-new car
for a lot of people and for a lot of reasons. Still, we know that to buy a used
car that offers an excellent value, you need to be cautious and critical. One
area that requires special care is mileage.
Mileage Means to a Car
The odometer reading indicates how many engine miles the
car has. That’s extremely important information because many components’ useful
lives and scheduled maintenance tasks are determined by mileage markers. For
instance, on average, most modern cars require replacement of:
Fuel filter—every 24,000 miles
Spark plugs, spark plug wires—every 40,000
Timing belts—every 60,000 miles
The number of miles and the age of the car can also
indicate if the car has experienced average (12,000 miles per year) or
Mileage Impacts Price
In general, both mileage and age of a car have the same
effect on price: as mileage and age increases, the sticker price decreases.
However, the type of miles and level of maintenance performed on the vehicle
may allow higher-mileage vehicles to better retain their value.
Your intended purpose for the car and your budget are
likely to determine which factor—mileage or price—takes priority. If you need a
reliable commuter vehicle, then lower miles may be the better choice. But if
you just need more driving capacity but do not want to take on a big monthly
payment, then the lower sticker price might be just right.
In any case, there is no mileage that translates to “too
You Know about the Mileage on Our Pre-Owned Vehicles
Knowing whether the vehicle you’re looking at was used
for mostly highway or city miles matters. So does knowing how well the previous
owner(s) took care of it.
As a 5-Star
Carfax Used Car and Truck Dealer, we have detailed Carfax reports on every
vehicle in our inventory. And, as a no-pressure dealer, our salespeople are
happy to help you weigh your alternatives to find the best vehicle for you.
Enterprises in Moriarty, or browse our inventory online and contact us to
schedule a test drive.