What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

January 7th, 2019 by

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Roslyn drivers looking for a used car know that mileage matters. However, it can be tricky to decide how many miles are too many miles. In the past, any car with more than 100,000 miles was considered too many miles, but that’s not the case anymore. With a brand like BMW, your next used BMW X3 or X5 may just be more valuable than you think. Discover how condition, location, and usage can influence your next used car buying experience with help from Rallye BMW!

Find Out Good Mileage for a Used Car

If you’re considering a used BMW, you’ll want to consider the following factors along with mileage:

  • Use – 75,000 miles of stop and go traffic wears more a vehicle quickly than 75,000 highway miles. Ask for the previous owner’s driving history before you buy.
  • Location – If a vehicle is coming from a dry, warm climate, it’s under less stress than a car that’s coming from a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – Have a certified mechanic check the vehicle for upcoming repair issues like rust or engine problems and figure this amount into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Make sure the vehicle has been brought in for routine maintenance tasks like oil changes. If it has a spotty maintenance history, it could be a sign of problems to come.

The bottom line: You’ll want to consider a range of factors when deciding on a used car.

Mileage vs. Age

While most people think that a low-mileage car is better than a high-mileage vehicle, that’s not always the case. You’ll want to take other variables into account:

  • Cars that haven’t been driven regularly can have higher repair costs. Not driving a car can cause drivetrain issues or cracking in rubber seals.
  • A car with a well-documented maintenance history should take preference over one that hasn’t been taken care of.
  • Cars with low mileage sometimes have a premium associated with them.

If you’re considering a car that’s newer but has a higher mileage than an older car with lower miles, it’s not necessarily a bad value. Be sure to take other factors into account when buying. Looking for the best of both worlds on mileage and age? A Certified Pre-Owned model may be your best option.

Find Used Cars Near Jericho Today

When you’re shopping for a used car, it pays to consider mileage along with other vehicle qualities. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Rallye BMW. Stop by our showroom near Syosset to see our used car selection in person, or get ready for BMW ownership by learning what the BMW warning lights mean!

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