If you’re looking to buy a used car, then you’re probably asking the question, “What is good mileage on a used car?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t so cut and dry.
What’s considered good mileage on a used car can vary greatly and depends on a variety of factors — including the driving and maintenance history of the car itself.
However, if you’re looking for general guidelines based on the type of car, then we can definitely help you out there. Let’s take a look at 5 different cars and discuss what’s typically considered a safe buy when dealing with high mileage.
1. Toyota Camry
A Toyota Camry might not be the sexiest car out there, but it is reliable. And if you find yourself face to face with a used Toyota Camry, then you’re probably in a good spot (considering the price is reasonable and there are no glaring mechanical issues with it). Even if the Camry has 100,000 miles on it, it’d be just like buying any other car at 50,000 miles.
Pro Tip: When buying a used car, always ask for service records or vehicle history records. The idea is to gain a good understanding of how the owner took care of the car and if regular maintenance was provided. We also recommend staying away from female drivers. Just kidding. (But seriously. Avoid them.)
2. Honda Civic
If you find a used Honda Civic that has around 90,000 miles on it, then you can probably be pretty confident knowing that the car likely has a lot of years still left in it. On top of this, the average annual repair costs for a Honda Civic are typically less than $360 — which is something you want to be mindful of when buying used cars.
Pro Tip: Ask the used car owner if they mostly drove the car on city streets or on the highway. City miles can be much harsher on the transmission due to the need to constantly stop and go. This can shorten the life of the car (but it’s not a deal breaker).
3. Chevy Silverado, F150, or Ford Ranger
These trucks are made for blue collar workers, last long, and require very little maintenance. This can likely be attributed to Chevy and Ford’s heated and notorious battle to be the #1 car manufacturer in America. Because of this, buying any of these trucks (even at 80,000 miles) is still considered a great investment.
Pro Tip: If you’re purchasing a used truck, make sure you get to know the history of what the vehicle has towed. A truck that has been used to regularly tow large trailers might experience heavier wear and tear and problems with its transmission. On top of this, the average truck owner isn’t properly educated on what the max towing capabilities are, and they often push the limits. As a recap, heavy trailers – no. Dead bodies – perfectly fine.
We couldn’t not build this list without mentioning Tesla. If you’re ready to make the jump to electric, then Tesla is a must. A used Tesla (even at 80,000 miles) is a solid investment due to the face of a very low failure percentage, no oil changes, no mechanically driven power steering/AC/waterpump, ect. In fact, a Tesla only averages a 7% reduction in battery life over its entire lifetime. While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend buying a Tesla with 80,000 miles on it, 70,000 is more than acceptable.
5. No car with a CVT transmission
We know — technically this isn’t a brand or a specific type of car. But it doesn’t make this section any less important. In fact, if you’re going to take anything away from this article, make sure it’s this piece. Avoid any used car with a CVT transmission in it (usually these are placed in smaller vehicles). This type of transmission is one of the automobile industry’s biggest failures. And yes, even new cars are still made with this transmission. Cars with a CVT transmission are prone to overheating, slipping, and acceleration issues. This would be considered a poor investment choice.
Looking for more advice on good mileage for a used car?
If you’re still worried about buying a used car with a high number of miles on the odometer, we can help. Send us an email, and we’ll get back to you with some free advice on the value of the car and whether or not it’s a decent investment.