Your Guide to Used Car Mileage
Purchasing a used car is a great option for someone looking for a vehicle they can enjoy while trying to minimize the dent on their budget. Still, there exist certain factors when choosing a used or certified pre-owned vehicle that can have long-term effects on a driver’s bank account should they not pay close attention. One of those important factors is used car mileage.
Continue reading to find out more about how important it is to consider mileage when choosing your next used vehicle. If you have any questions, please contact our team at Braman Honda, proudly serving the drivers of Wellington, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach.
Why is Mileage Important?
Knowing a used car’s mileage gives you an idea of the car’s value and the amount of maintenance you can expect to make down the road. The average annual mileage for a vehicle is around 12,000 miles. Mileage is considered low or high relative to the vehicle’s age, so for instance if a used car is 5 years old and has around 75,000 miles on it, that would be considered average. Anything above that would be high.
This is an easy way to sense the wear-and-tear on a used vehicle, especially if the vehicle hasn’t had any major damage or undergone any serious alterations. Generally, there’s less wear-and-tear on low mileage cars that have been regularly maintained. You can find out all this information by asking your dealer for the vehicle’s history report.
How Many Miles is Too Many?
This is a tricky question because no two used cars are exactly alike. Generally, two- to three-year-old used cars often hold the best value. Often, you’ll find these vehicles will have low mileage and less wear and tear. Still, you should always do a comparison before making a final decision and check the vehicle’s history report to see if the vehicle was involved in any accidents.
Generally, once a vehicle exceeds 110,000 miles you should seriously consider its long-term value. That’s not to say you can’t find a reliable vehicle with high mileage but you should definitely make sure it’s been properly serviced and understand its maintenance history. A well-maintained used car has the ability of reaching over 200,000 miles, so it’s not necessarily a hard no if considering something over 110,000k.
Maintenance Schedule Based on Used Car Mileage
If you want to make 200,000 miles your goal, then you’ll need to schedule regular maintenance on your used car. Here’s a general guide to follow:
Every 3,000-5,000 Miles: Oil and filter should be replaced, transmission fluid, engine coolant, power-steering fluid, tires and brakes should all be inspected.
Every 15,000 – 30,000 Miles: Replace the air filter, inspect the battery, radiator, HVAC system, brake pads, and suspension components.
Every 35,000 – 50,000 Miles: Inspect and replace the battery as needed, replace spark plugs and wires, inspect the ignition system and suspension.
Every 60,000 Miles: Replace brake pads and brake fluid, radiator hoses, coolant, power-steering fluid, and timing belt.
Find Out More About Used Car Mileage at Braman Honda
We hope this helpful guide was useful for those drivers in Wellington, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach interested getting the best value of their used car. If interested in learning more about Braman Honda’s extensive inventory of used and certified pre-owned vehicles, stop by our convenient location or schedule a test drive today!