What Is Good Mileage on A Used Car?

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No one kicks the tires on used cars anymore, and if you’re like most of our Houston customers, the first thing you look at on a used car is the odometer. Mileage is important, but what is “good” mileage on a used car? Is it always less than 100,000 miles? The friendly staff at Central Houston Nissan wants you to make an informed choice the next time you go shopping for a used car. So, we’ve put together this handy guide on what constitutes good mileage for a used car.



What Is Good Mileage on a Used Car, Exactly?

So, what is good mileage on a used car? It’s not always capped at 100,000 miles. Some cars, especially a number of imported compacts, are just getting started at 100,000. A number of our Houston customers have brought trade-ins to us with far in excess of 200,000 miles. In other words, the way to know what qualifies as good mileage for the used car you’re interested in is to do your research. Find reviews and comments on forums like cars.com from people who have owned the kind of car you’re looking at. How many miles have they put on their cars? What kind of mechanical problems have they had? This information will help you determine how long your used car will last and if it’s a good investment for your family.

It’s Not Just About the Mileage

Good mileage for a used car is often determined, not only by how many miles have been put on a car, but what kind of miles have been put on it. This depends on a number of factors:

  • What kind of roads did the car travel on, mostly – well-maintained paved streets and highways, or rough gravel roads?
  • Are the miles on the odometer mostly highway miles, or are they from driving in stop-and-go traffic in Bellaire?
  • Was the car driven a lot in harsh weather conditions?
  • Was the car maintained regularly? Ask for a maintenance record.
  • Has the car been in an accident?

If a vehicle has 90,000 miles on it but it’s mostly from highway driving and it’s lived in a fair weather environment, then it will perform better than a vehicle that has 70,000 miles on it but has mostly been used for off-roading on rocky trails in harsh weather conditions. Another factor to determining how well a car will run is to see if it’s been maintained regularly. A vehicle that has followed its maintenance schedule will be in better condition than a vehicle that has had irregular care. 

Check Out the Reliable Used Cars at Central Houston Nissan

We have plenty of quality used cars available, including several certified pre-owned vehicles. And we make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle with our expert finance team. You can even apply for financing online. Our dealership is conveniently located near Pearland, but you can also browse our entire inventory from the comfort of your own home!

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