What to Look for When Buying a Used Car with High Mileage

Shopping for used cars is an exciting experience. Buying used cars is more affordable than buying new. Not only that, but the selection is great, used cars are more reliable than they used to be, and you don't have to deal with all of the messy dealership fees.

The most important thing when shopping for a used car is knowing what to look for. You should have a list of features that are important to you, and remember to be firm on your budget. Knowing what you want and what is available to you in that price range helps set you on the right track-more than other details that will tend to distract you.

Some people hesitate when it comes to buying a used car with high mileage, but there's no need to be concerned. Cars are built to last, and what's more important than mileage is the condition of the vehicle.

Wear and Tear

It's not necessarily true that a car with high mileage has more wear and tear than a car with lower miles. A car with low mileage might be in very poor condition if it was never cared for. Routine maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running for a long time.

While lower mileage can indicate that you have longer to go until you encounter failure from certain components or oil leaks, it's not necessarily indicative of how well the car was taken care of by the previous owner. Ask for maintenance records or a Carfax report, offered by all reputable dealers and used car experts.

Resale Value

Take into consideration the resale value of the used car you want to purchase. Low mileage is, of course, a factor in resale value, so you'll certainly pay more for a car with lower miles. If budget constraints limit the amount you can spend on a used car, consider one with higher mileage.

Another thing to consider is how many miles you plan to put on it yourself. If you don't plan to drive it much, you may not be so concerned with the mileage. If you don't put very many miles on it, you may be able to sell it a few years down the road for what you paid. The current mileage wouldn't make much of a difference in this case.

A few manufacturers are known for their reliability in higher mileage cars, and with this reputation, you can almost guarantee that the mileage is irrelevant.

Cars Need to Be Driven

Aside from routine maintenance, it's critical that you give your car the exercise it needs. An older car with low miles means it wasn't driven a lot, and it could be likely that plastic and rubber parts are brittle because they weren't used regularly.

Drivetrain components also last longer when you circulate hot fluids through them on a consistent basis, meaning it's better on your car to drive it, even if it means you're putting miles on it.

Low miles on a used car are attractive, but you may run into repairs later. In cases like these, sometimes buying a model year or two newer with higher mileage lands you in a ride that drives more like a new vehicle.

A used car with higher mileage is a better investment long-term because it's been tested and proven effective. Newer, more often than not, means better, even if the miles are higher.

Inflated Pricing

It costs a lot more money to get into a low-mileage used car. If you plan to keep the miles low, you may get most, if not all, of your money back, but it will cost you more up front. On the other hand, if you're looking for something that you can drive every day, it makes no difference how many miles it already has, because you plan to put a lot of miles on it.

When looking for a used car, one with higher miles is a lot more affordable, and, as we've already discussed, not necessarily less reliable. It's counterproductive to pay for lower miles up front if you're going to put a lot of miles on it anyway.

In a case like this, there's no sense in paying more for that lower mileage vehicle. If you save the money up front, you have more money for any unscheduled repairs.

Shopping for a used car can be stressful. A lot of people buy cars online, or at least shop their options without the high pressure of going to a dealer. Southwest Motors has some of the best used cars to buy, and out of any Pueblo used car dealerships, it's the most honest and easiest shopping experience around. And, if you live in the 81008 zip area, you will not experience a more gratifying trip to any dealership than you will with Southwest Motors.

Southwest Motors offers a Carfax report with every used car they sell, giving you the peace of mind you need, even if you are buying a car with higher miles.

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