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Used Cars with High Mileage: Should You Ignore Them?

By Ellsworth Mciltrot Subscribe to RSS | May 14th 2012 | Views:
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People who are planning to buy a used car will often choose the ones that have low mileage. Generally, 15,000 miles per year is considered the average mileage of a vehicle. Low mileage cars are those driven far below the 15,000 mile average.

The common belief is that if a car has low mileage, it’s sure to be in good condition. However, this no longer holds true for used cars of recent make. In the last decade, cars have become much more reliable compared to years ago when a car is considered scrap once its odometer goes beyond 100,000 miles. Newer cars, even if they have reached the 100K mark, are still in great condition and can easily go another 100K.

Because of the sturdiness of these used vehicles, you should no longer gauge a car’s condition or its potential for mechanical problems by simply looking at its mileage. It’s an old used car buying technique that doesn’t work well anymore. You can’t just equate mileage to car performance.

Have the Vehicle Inspected

What’s more important than a car’s mileage is its actual condition and this can only be determined after an inspection by a professional mechanic. The mechanic can also tell you if the used car is likely to have future problems. If you are set on buying a used car, an inspection will cost you around $75 to $100, but can assure you of the quality of the used car you’re buying.

Mechanical vs. Electronic Odometers

Older used cars Edmonton dealers sell have mechanical odometers. A word of caution: you should know that these types of odometers can be easily tampered with. Used cars of recent make seldom have these problems because modern odometers are electronic.

Get a Car Fax Report

One important reminder when buying a used car Edmonton dealers sell is to get a Car Fax vehicle history report. This will tell you if the car has been serviced regularly or if met an accident like a collision. The report will also show the vehicle’s mileage each time it was serviced. Make sure the mileage that appears on the odometer of your car is consistent with the mileage reading in the report.

In summary, don’t assume that a car is in good condition because of its mileage. It’s no longer that simple. The used cars Edmonton dealers sell, especially the ones made within the decade or so, are still good investments even if their mileage is way above the average. But if you still prefer used cars with low mileage, here’s an article that can be of much use to you: thecarconnection.com/news/1047480_an-older-used-car-with-low-mileage-can-be-a-good-find.

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