How Important Is Mileage Used Car Title

       Unbeknownst to the general public an unseen battle rages in the deep dark pits of the automotive expert industry about the weight mileage should have on the decision to purchase a vehicle. Even when experts are debating the mileage on a vehicle and the impact it should have on purchase they are not debating the way a regular consumer may think. “Good” miles on a vehicle is not a clear cut number like under 100,000. And the importance of mileage may not be what you think. Many consumers believe that a car is ending its life at 100,000 since burned in their memory is a time when cars were more likely to go after hitting the 100k mark. Vehicles made today a very different from 15 or even 10 years ago. Most agree that mileage is a factor in car buying but not the most important.

       First and foremost, when experts discuss mileage on a vehicle they are talking about mileage per year based on average use, not a simple under or over. The average vehicle owner drives between 12,000 and 15,000 miles per year. Anything above the higher number is considered high-mileage. Anything under is considered a low mileage used car. For example, a used car with 50,000 miles sounds pretty good.. unless that car is 2 years old. A used car with a 150,000 might seem way over comfortable limits but if that vehicle is 15 years old, it has been driven at a much lower rate than other cars it’s age. Too high and the car is over-used, but too low can also indicate a potential problem. Has it been sitting? Why wasn’t it driven? The point is that mileage is a consideration when buying a used car.. Not the end all be all.

      More important than mileage is condition. A car well under normal usage could turn out to be a clunker if it wasn’t cared for properly. A well-maintained vehicle is the best shot at long life for the next owner. It’s impossible to know from the odometer if a vehicle with higher miles was mostly driven on the highway and well taken care of or a vehicle with lower miles was driven primarily in the city and left to its own devices for care. General condition is a much better predictor of vehicle life.

      You also have to consider that a vehicle with higher miles has been road tested. Something, whether it be manufacturing or maintenance got it to that point. And the higher mileage may indicate that it could have a lot of life still left.

      Cars today are expected to go to 200,000 or higher with good maintenance. The average aged vehicle on the road today is 11.5 years. And with the average use of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year, that puts the average odometer at 138,000 to 172,500. Technological advancements in vehicle manufacturing results in cars lasting longer. As cars last longer, 200,000 is the new 100,000.

       What does that mean for you? It means that mileage is an indicator that you’ve found the right vehicle but since you’re so smart you know that there’s a lot more that goes into choosing the right vehicle.

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The Used Car Store

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Pittsburgh, PA 15212