Mileage or Age? What To Look For In A Used Vehicle


Whenever you look to buy a used vehicle, there are two big factors you consider: the number of miles the car has on it and how old it is. But which one is more important? For instance, would you rather have a car that is five years old or a newer one that has 50,000 miles on it? Here is some information from with suggestions about what to look for in a used vehicle.

What Mileage Tells You

A car’s mileage can tell a big story about how much it has been used, so it’s important to pay close attention to this. The more miles the vehicle has, of course, the more wear and tear it has. In addition, try to find out how the previous owner or owners put the mileage on the car. Was it primarily long highway drives or stop-and-go city traffic?

What Age Tells You

You may be drawn to an older vehicle with fewer miles, but there can be a downside to a car like this. For instance, the lower mileage indicates it has been sitting for most of its life. There are parts of a car that don’t age well while sitting. A vehicle that’s 10 years old, but has only been driven 25,000 miles may seem appealing, but on the flip side the vehicle has also been sitting for most of its life. Make sure you have a mechanic inspect the car before you make the purchase.

Service And Maintenance Records

Even after you take into consideration the mileage and age of a vehicle, you need to be sure you get the car’s service and maintenance records. You should also take it to a certified mechanic for an inspection. If you find a two-year old car with 25,000 miles on it, but the previous owner did not care for it very well, it may show signs of wear and tear sooner than expected. In addition, you never know when a car part can go bad prematurely.

Mileage Or Age

Cars are a little like shoes. The more you wear them, the more they are going to wear down. Ultimately, you might want to apply a similar principle to cars. When it comes to mileage vs. age, lean toward lower mileage when you make your decision.

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Cavender Ford Used Cars

At Cavender Ford, we have a variety of used vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles among our inventory. You can count on a car that you purchase from us to have the quality you want in your next automobile.

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