Used Car Mileage Guide

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Finding a used car in the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Plainfield areas is an exciting process. This is especially true when you have so many models to choose from. From body styles and paint colors to features, the possibilities of finding a great car are nearly endless. However, another factor to take into consideration is mileage. But does low or high mileage indicate how well a car will run?

To help answer that question, we here at Andy Mohr Automotive created this used car mileage guide. We’ll go over everything you need to know regarding miles and how they affect a used vehicle. And if you have any questions while reading through this guide, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Miles Relative to a Vehicle’s Age

 Used Car MileageThe average number of miles that a car is driven each year is 12,000. So, if a car has less than 60,000 miles on the odometer after five years, then it’d be considered low.

However, a car is meant to be driven. So, if your vehicle is five years old, but has less than 30,000 miles on the odometer, then it may not perform as well as you’d expect. That’s because the internal parts could start to go bad simply from not being used often enough.

Wear & Tear

But if a vehicle has a low number of miles and is driven regularly, it should have a lot less wear and tear than one with a high mileage.

However, you need to keep in mind how a car is driven. If someone constantly slams their brakes, accelerates hard, or rides their brakes, then the car would show more wear, despite having a low mileage.

Maintenance & Repairs

It’s also important to note that a car’s maintenance schedule can affect its drivability. Key car parts have to get replaced after every so many miles, such as:

  • Brake pads: every 20,000 miles
  • Brake discs: every 40,000 miles
  • Timing belt: every 60,000 miles
  • Battery: every 80,000 miles

 Used Car MileageIf a vehicle has over 100,000 miles, and its maintenance is completely up to date, then it should still run pretty well. In comparison, if a car has 50,000 miles, but hasn’t gotten all its maintenance completed, like a simple oil change, then that could affect its reliability.

Furthermore, if a car was in an accident, and hadn’t gotten the proper repairs, then it could show signs of wear and tear quickly, regardless of the number of miles on the odometer. To schedule your next service, visit the service department at Andy Mohr Automotive to choose a location closest to you.

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There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to used car mileage. But overall, if a driver is careful with how he or she drives, and keeps up to date with maintenance, then the car will run well, no matter how many miles it has.

If you want more information on mileage for used vehicles, then contact us at Andy Mohr Automotive. We’ve helped many used car seekers throughout Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Plainfield find their ideal vehicle, and we look forward to doing the same for you.