What is better, a high mileage newer car or a low mileage older car?

What is better, a high mileage newer car or a low mileage older car?

When trying to determine which type of used car to buy there are many questions that will likely come to mind. With an abundance of vehicles to choose from, many people can get overwhelmed with the selection of cars on the market. One of the main things that you need to consider is the age

When trying to determine which type of used car to buy there are many questions that will likely come to mind. With an abundance of vehicles to choose from, many people can get overwhelmed with the selection of cars on the market. One of the main things that you need to consider is the age of the car and the mileage of the car. However, when looking at these two aspects you are forced to answer the difficult question of whether to buy a new car with high mileage or an older car with low mileage.

To begin answering this question it is important to understand the average mileage that the car had each year. For example if the car has 60,000 miles but is only 3 years old it was driven about 20,000 miles per year. This number is well above the average mileage for drivers, which is supposed to be about 12,000 miles. This type of car would fall under the newer car with high mileage. When looking at this car, it may seem more appealing to buy because it will likely look newer and have some accommodations that an older car may not have. More than likely, this car was often driven far and pushed to its limits many times. Cars should not be driven far each day because this can cause damage to the interior of the car and affect the overall performance of the car. When a car has a higher mileage it is often going to need major service repairs soon. These major service repairs will likely happen around the 100,000 mile marker. Therefore, if the car you are looking to buy is near this mileage you may want to walk the other way.

If you are considering a car that is 10 years old but only has 30,000 miles on it, this would be an example of an older car with low mileage. The car on average was likely only driven 3,000 miles per year. While this is much lower than the above mentioned car, there are many other things that you need to consider with an older car. For instance, you need to consider whether or not the car was broken down for years and not driven. If this was the case, it would not be smart to buy. However, if the car was owned by an older man or woman who did not need to drive a lot and kept the car in a temperature controlled garage, this would likely be a wonderful deal.

Therefore, before you answer this question in black and white there are many factors that you need to consider other than simply the age of the car and the mileage of the car. You need to know about the overall history of the car. Try to get all the information you can about a car before making the purchase. If you are not given enough information about the car, this could be a red flag and could lead to some problems in the future that result in major issues.

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