Inquiring minds want to know: what’s the best mileage for a used car? We get asked this question a lot here at Auto Depot Sudbury, so today on the blog we’re here to provide some direction when it comes to shopping for a reliable used car at a great price. We have confidence in all of the pre-owned cars, SUVs and trucks that we sell, but we want our customers who shop with us from all across Greater Sudbury to feel confident and informed throughout the entire car-buying journey. Let’s take a look at some of the most important things to consider when you’re buying a used vehicle, including mileage, price and reliability.
You could have two identical cars with virtually identical specs, such as year, manufacturer, features, history report and number of owners, but the car with higher mileage will be worth less. Why? Higher mileage is associated with greater wear and tear, which increases the likelihood of a car inevitably needing maintenance and repairs. Does this mean that you should avoid buying used? Absolutely not! In fact, shopping for a used car with a bit of mileage on it can be a great way to save money on a great vehicle that still has plenty of life left in it!
Mileage is often grouped into 50,000 kilometre intervals. This is because certain milestones tend to happen around the 50, 100, 150 and 200,000 kilometre marks, such as the end of the initial manufacturer warranty phase (50km), the termination of a lease (100km), and so on. There is not necessarily any particular interval where a used car is “better or worse,” since all drivers have different needs and budgets. We always recommend chatting with one of our Auto Depot Sudbury team members to discuss your particular needs, so that we can help find the perfect used vehicle for you.
As a general rule, the price of a used vehicle will go down as mileage goes up. So, if you’re really looking to get a steal on a used vehicle, then keep your eye on higher mileage units. There is no "right or wrong" mileage for a used vehicle, and plenty of factors can affect the price of a used car besides just mileage, including the number of owners, the manufacturer of a vehicle (some car brands have a reputation for building vehicles that can “go forever”), and even the type of vehicle you’re interested in purchasing. For example, trucks tend to perform incredibly well even with substantial mileage on them, so if you’re shopping for a cheap and reliable work truck, a higher-mileage model could offer exactly what you’re looking for.
Once upon a time, a used car with 125,000 kilometres on it may have been on it’s way out - but by today’s standards, a car with that type of mileage is just starting to hit its prime! With major advancements in car manufacturing, cars last much longer than they used to, and it’s about time we start poking holes in the “used lemon” stereotypes. Brand new cars depreciate in value considerably from the moment they’re driven off the lot, and most drivers only hold onto a particular vehicle for an average of 3 to 5 years. These trends have helped create a massive inventory of extremely reliable used cars, trucks and SUVs that are priced at a fraction of what brand new vehicles typically cost.
So where do folks from Lively, Sturgeon Falls, North Bay and all across Greater Sudbury go to find the best selection of affordable used vehicles? Auto Depot Sudbury, of course! We proudly stock an inventory of previously-owned cars, trucks and SUVs for all needs and budgets, and help our clients from start to finish with things like financing to the delivery of their new vehicle. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about mileage, price, reliability and how to get the best deal on a used vehicle that you love!