How Many Miles Should a Used Car Have?

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Looking for a used car for your Berwick is a great way to get reliable transportation without spending the full price of a new model. When shopping for a used car, it’s important to keep an eye on the odometer of your potential choice. How many miles should a used car have? Many drivers might be hesitant to pick out a car with over 100,000 miles, but many used cars can actually last far beyond that marker. Learn how many miles on a used car is too much with Southland Dodge, and visit our dealership for used vehicles with high levels of quality at low prices. 

How Many Miles on a Used Car is Too Much?

How many miles should a used car have? This depends on several factors, but instead of thinking about how many miles a used car currently has, try thinking about it in terms of how many more miles you can get out of it. For example, a used car with 50,000 miles on the odometer that’s in good condition with a good maintenance record will likely last a long time. For reference, most drivers put about 12,000 miles on their cars per year. 

When shopping for a use car in the Des Allmands, consider the following: 

  • If it hasn’t been driven regularly in a long time, then it will usually have higher repair costs since mechanical issues can still occur when a car isn’t being driven. 
  • Usually, the lower the mileage, the higher the price of the vehicle. 
  • Consider the vehicle age vs. the mileage. For example, a 10-year-old vehicle with 50,000 miles on it is more preferable than a 5-year-old vehicle with 100,000 miles. 

What to Look for When Used Car Shopping

Now that you know how many miles on a used car is too much, here are some other things to consider when shopping for a used vehicle near Hahnville: 

  • Vehicle Use: A vehicle with 60,000 miles driven in stop-and-go traffic will more than likely wear down sooner than a vehicle with 60,000 miles driven on the open roads.
  • Previous Location: A dryer and warmer climate will have a less severe impact on a vehicle than a colder and wet climate. 
  • Vehicle Condition: Have a technician inspect the vehicle to see if there are any issues that will need to be addressed in the future as they could be costly. 
  • Maintenance History: Always check the maintenance history of the vehicle before making a decision. A poor maintenance history could indicate expensive repairs needed in the future. 

So, how many miles should a used car have? It depends on the age, driving history, and prior treatment of the vehicle. Visit our dealership in Houma to take a test drive of any of our used models, and see how much you can save with our used vehicle specials

Find a Used Car at Southland Dodge

Contact us to explore our current inventory of used vehicles, and check out our certified pre-owned vehicles as well. 

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