What is Good Mileage on a Used Car?

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No one in the market for a used car wants one with too many miles on it. But what is good mileage on a used car? This depends on a variety of factors, including the car’s age, make, and model. We want Warsaw and Indianapolis car shoppers to make informed decisions, so we’ll explore what constitutes good used car mileage and things to keep in mind when evaluating mileage on a pre-owned vehicle.

How Do You Define Good Mileage on a Used Car?

So, what is good mileage on a used car? Of course, what constitutes good used car mileage will vary based on the make and model. Luxury vehicles often have lower mileage at any given age compared to non-luxury brands. As a general rule of thumb, here are some averages for good mileage by vehicle age.

Good Used Car Mileage by Age

  • 1-3 years old: Less than 36,000 miles
  • 4-6 years old: Less than 60,000 miles
  • 7-10 years old: Less than 100,000 miles
  • Over 10 years old: Less than 150,000 miles

Other Factors to Consider

There are factors other than age and mileage that come into play when evaluating if a used car’s mileage is considered “good”:

  • Make/Model reputation – Certain makes/models are known to last over 200k miles with proper maintenance. So, higher mileage may be acceptable.
  • Maintenance records –Regular maintenance can extend the life of a vehicle. Maintenance records can give you insight into how well the previous owner cared for the car.
  • Vehicle use – Was the car someone’s daily driver or only used occasionally? High mileage from highway driving is better than low mileage from extensive city driving.
  • Vehicle condition – Evaluate the overall condition inside and out. Minor wear is normal, but major issues may be a sign the mileage is too high.

Is Higher Mileage Always Bad?

While lower miles are ideal, higher mileage isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker if the price reflects it. With proper care and maintenance, many modern vehicles can still run well at 150,000 miles or even higher. Just be sure to:

  • Get a thorough inspection by a mechanic.
  • Review maintenance records.
  • Take it for an extensive test drive.

Ready to Shop for Your Used Car at Fort Wayne of Don Ayres Honda?

If you’re in the market for a quality used vehicle with good mileage, visit our dealership. Our experienced sales staff can help you find the right used or certified pre-owned Honda to fit your needs and budget. Stop by today and we’ll get you on the road! We’re an easy drive from Wabash, so drop by or contact us today.


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