When it comes to shopping around the West Windsor area for a used car, you’re not just looking at the physical and mechanical condition, but also the mileage. Even though many people would suggest staying away from a used car that has more than 100,000 miles on it, that’s not a rule you always have to follow. Additional factors Edison car shoppers should think about when shopping around for a used car include condition, location, and usage. Learn more in this guide from Jaguar Princeton.

Tips for Used Car Shopping

If you’re about to go used car shopping, there are things to consider in addition to the mileage:

  • Usage – A car that’s driven 75,000 miles in stop-and-go traffic wears down much sooner than one that’s hit 75,000 miles driving on the open highway. Always get the previous owner’s driving history before purchasing a used vehicle.
  • Location – Vehicles driven in dry, warm climate areas go through less stress than vehicles being driven in cold, wet climate areas.
  • Condition – Have a certified mechanic inspect the car to see if there are any issues like rust or mechanical problems that need to be taken care of. Include this cost into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Check the maintenance history of the car you’re interested in to ensure that it’s been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes and battery inspections. An irregular service history could be a sign of future expensive problems.

Should I Choose a Used Car Based on Mileage?

While many often ask, “What is good mileage on a used car?” there isn’t a perfect answer to that question since there are numerous factors to consider. Think about how much mileage you’ll get out of your next used car. If it has more than 50,000 miles and seems like it’s working pretty well, it’s likely a good purchase. However, a cheap used car that has 100,000 miles that’s in decent condition can last another four years. Most drivers will drive about 12,000 miles per year, so remember that when comparing mileage vs. age.

Used Car Mileage vs. Age

A newer vehicle that has higher mileage could be a better option than a lower-mileage older vehicle. Consider these factors when buying your next used car:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly often has higher repair costs. Mechanical issues or problems with rubber seals and gaskets can develop when you don’t drive your car regularly.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is better than a neglected one.
  • Low mileage vehicles do often come with a higher price tag.

A certified pre-owned model is also worth thinking about if you’re interested in a like-new, low-mileage vehicle.

Explore Jaguar Princeton’s Used Vehicle Inventory From Home!

There are several things to consider other than just what’s good mileage for a used car. At Jaguar Princeton, we’ll explore our excellent selection of used vehicles to help you find the vehicle that’s best suited for your Franklin Township drives. We’ll hit the road for a test drive to ensure it’s the right fit. Contact us if you have any questions. Be sure to explore our used vehicle specials before stopping by!

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