Looking for a Pre-Owned Car? Find the Balance Between Age and Mileage

July 22, 2021

If you are looking for a pre-owned car then you will need to look at the age and mileage and find the balance between these two. The age and mileage will impact the condition of the car and should be a driving factor behind your purchase.

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Mileage and age work against one another to a degree. Mileage can drive the price down but when the car is newer then the price will be higher.

The mileage shows how much a vehicle was driven and a good rule is between 15 to 20 000km per year. Wear and tear on the car will be more when the mileage is higher.

You will also need to see if you can spot how the vehicle was used. The car may have a higher mileage but if it was used on highway roads then it could be in better condition than a car driven on dirt roads even if it has a lower mileage.

Another factor to consider is how the vehicle was stored and cared for. A vehicle that was parked undercover, washed often could be in better condition even if it has a high mileage than one with a low mileage but was neglected.  

Vehicles that are younger even with a higher mileage could still have a few years left in them where you won’t need to worry about what will break, especially if it has been maintained. You will then need to make sure that the vehicle has a full service history and any major parts have been replaced.

There are of course benefits to buying a newer car. Newer cars will have better technology and safety, so if these are important to you then you will need to decide if it is worth paying a bit more.

Also, newer cars will probably be cheaper to maintain in the medium term as some will still have their service plan and warranty intact and expensive parts will still have a good run left in them before they will need to be replaced.

If you are looking fora pre-owned car, then you can find plenty of options at Cars2Sell. With nifty filter features, you will be able to find the perfect model with your desired age and mileage that suits your needs and your pocket.  

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