What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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If you’re asking what is good mileage on a good car, you probably expect a number range as your answer. However, there are other factors that you should keep in mind as you evaluate used vehicles. Even though the mileage is important, it can’t tell the whole story. Learn how to evaluate the true condition of any used vehicle you may be considering, and then check out our used vehicle specials at Frontier Toyota!

Maintenance History

As vehicles are manufactured at ever-increasing quality levels, acceptable mileage on a used vehicle is higher than it used to be. The result is that well-maintained vehicles with over 100,000 miles are often great cars with lots of life left. Outside of mileage, you’ll want to find out what you can about a vehicle’s maintenance history:

  • Driving History — Learn what you can about the regular driving habits of the previous owner. Whether a car drove its 75,000 miles on flat Palmdale highways or crawled in stop-and-go-traffic in downtown Lancaster will make a difference. Excessive stop-and-go driving tends to put extra strain on a vehicle’s transmission!
  • Location — Warm and dry climates are easier on a car than cold, wet climates. Find out what the weather is like in the vehicle’s previous home, and if it was parked in an indoor parking garage or out on the street.

Certified technicians at Frontier Toyota can tell you the true condition of a vehicle — no matter how good it looks on paper. Let us help you find easy-to-miss details so you can make an informed choice!

Mileage vs. Model Year

When it comes to finding the best value, should you look for the most recent model year, or good mileage for a used car? The answer is that you’ll need to consider both:

  • Although it may look like a great deal at first glance, a low-mileage older vehicle may have spent years in a garage for years without being driven. To prevent drivetrain and seal issues, cars need to be driven regularly.
  • Between a car with a spotless maintenance record and 80,000 miles, and a car with 55,000 miles that hasn’t had an oil change in years — which is better? Give priority to the car with a better maintenance record. Perfect maintenance history says a lot more about vehicle condition than the number of miles!
  • Late-year used vehicles with low mileage are great cars, but they’ll often come at a premium price. You may be better off considering slightly older model years, or taking advantage of a special lease deal on a new vehicle instead!

See All Your Used Toyota Options at Frontier Toyota

When you find your favorite used Toyota vehicles from our inventory, visit Frontier Toyota in Valencia to see them in person. If you have more questions about what is good mileage for a used car, should I buy or lease, and what are the benefits of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, the team of expert technicians at Frontier Toyota is here to help you find answers. Reach out and schedule a test drive today!

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