What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?


What is good mileage for a used car? If you are in the market for a pre-owned vehicle near Tysons Corner and Springfield, there are a few things to consider before making a final decision. At Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles, we want you to be completely confident on your purchase, which is why we have provided a few tips to keep in mind. 

What Is Considered High Mileage for a Used Car?

When shopping for a used car, most drivers want a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles on the odometer. Taking into account that the average driver puts about 10,000-12,000 miles per year on their vehicle, there are some factors to consider. 

  • How many miles vs. age of the car: A vehicle that is a year old with 40,000 miles on it may be in worse shape than a 5-year-old vehicle with 60,000 miles on it, because it has been extensively driven in a shorter span of time.
  • Year of manufacture: There have been major improvements in vehicle technology over the last 10 years, so a used car is a budget-friendly decision. Many used cars can run between 100,000 and 200,000 miles.
  • Regularly Scheduled Maintenance: Before you buy, ask for a maintenance history. An older vehicle with more mileage on the odometer that has been properly maintained could be a better option than a newer car that has not received routine maintenance. 

More Tips for Buying a Used Car

  • Model Generation: Sometimes when a model with a great reputation can be redesigned and the newest configuration may not be as well-received by critics and drivers alike. It can also be the opposite. A car that may not have had the best reputation in the past can now be an outstanding option. It is a good idea to take a look at review websites like Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com.
  • Vehicle History Report: Be sure to check the vehicle’s history report to see what happened in the past. 
  • Location: When you check the vehicle history report, you can see what climate the vehicle was driven in. A car from a dryer climate undergoes less stress than one that was from a cold or wet climate. 
  • Foreign Luxury Car Brands: While these vehicles are more expensive to repair, there are a few advantages. You can usually expect great warranty coverage and vehicle longevity. 

Find Your Next Used Car at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles

Test drive high-quality low mileage used cars for sale near Alexandria at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles. We would be glad to help you find the pre-owned vehicle of your dreams. Contact us today with any questions. Be sure to also check out our CPO models

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