What Is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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Anyone looking for a pre-owned car in Northern Alabama is going to have mileage on their mind, but just what is good mileage on a used car? There used to be an easy answer here — buy low-mileage used cars — but things have changed quite a bit in the auto world. Muscle Shoals drivers used to have good reason to be skeptical of a vehicle with over 100,000 miles, but now mileage is just one piece of the puzzle.

What Should You Look at When Considering Mileage?

Mileage is important for Sheffield used car shoppers, but it’s only one factor. In fact, a vehicle without many miles on the clock might end up being a worse investment than another with more. You should also take the time to look at:

  • Vehicle History: Lots of stop-and-go traffic puts more stress on a vehicle than highway driving. If two vehicles have 50,000 miles but one has been driven almost exclusively in the city, that’s the one more likely to require maintenance work and part replacements in the future.
  • Previous Location: If you’re buying a used car, you should be sure to know where it comes from. If it’s from well outside The Shoals, it might be more likely to suffer corrosion from winter weather and salted roads, even when well maintained.
  • Maintenance History: A vehicle that hasn’t been regularly maintained is more likely to require serious attention in the future. It’s a good idea to keep track of your own maintenance, too — that way you can assure whoever you sell your car to that it’s been kept in top shape.
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Find Your Next Used Car at Greenway of the Shoals

You can find plenty of used and certified pre-owned vehicles available at our dealerships. Have questions about buying a used car? Chat with us today to learn more about shopping for a used car, trading in your vehicle, applying for financing, and more. You’ll find our used cars in Florence, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield — and on the road all over Northern Alabama.

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