What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

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When you’re looking for the right car for your Newport Beach commutes and weekend getaways, it can be exciting to browse the lots around town. However, you may be wondering, “what is good mileage for a used car?” Low mileage means different things to different people, and while some drivers might choose to buy a model with less than 30,000 miles, others will find that a model with 100,000 miles is sufficient for their needs. Drivers looking for a safe investment should also know that Certified Pre-Owned Land Rover vehicles always have less than 60,000 miles.

Our team at Land Rover Newport Beach is here to provide you with the tips you should keep in mind when searching for the perfect used car. If you have any questions about good used car mileage, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Determining Good Used Car Mileage

If you’ve asked friends and family, “what is good mileage for a used car?” you’ve probably been told to look for something below 100,000 miles. However, many factors can go into good used car mileage. On average, drivers put about 10,000-12,000 miles per year on their vehicle. Keep that in mind as you consider these factors:

  • How many miles vs. age of the car: A vehicle with 40,000 miles on it that is only a year old may be in worse shape than a 5 year old vehicle with 60,000 miles because of how often it’s been driven over time.
  • Year of manufacture: The advancements in automotive technology have vehicles lasting longer. That means a vehicle with 100,000 miles isn’t necessarily bad, as most recent used vehicles can last past 200,000 miles.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: It’s also important to consider the vehicle maintenance history. A vehicle with 30,000 miles that hasn’t seen routine maintenance may have more issues than a vehicle with 60,000 miles. Be sure to ask for proof of maintenance when purchasing a used car.

Other Factors to Consider

There are a few other factors to consider when determining good used car mileage:

  • Model Generation: Take the time to do some research on websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com. They can give you deeper insight into how a model’s redesign affected its quality or other issues other drivers faced over their time with the vehicle.
  • Vehicle History Report: This report from the previous owner gives you the history of repairs, collisions, police records, and DMV records associated with the vehicle. It can also hint at any wear and tear it’s faced over the years.
  • Location: Also found in the Vehicle History Report, the area that the vehicle was driven in can affect its lifespan. Vehicles driven in harsh winters will see more wear than those dryer climates often found around Newport Beach.
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: As you can guess, foreign cars also need higher-end OEM parts shipped from overseas. While they can become expensive to repair, these brands also tend to have excellent warranties when purchasing certified pre-owned. Luxury dealerships also offer other perks while your vehicle is being serviced.

Start Your Used Car Search with Land Rover Newport Beach!

When you’re ready to find the right used car for your trips around Corona Del Mar, be sure to browse our inventory of pre-owned vehicles. Our team at Land Rover Newport Beach and our vehicle finder service can also be used to find the right model year, features, performance, and more! Then, the knowledgeable team in our finance center is here for all your car buying questions.


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