What Is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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Mileage matters when shopping for a used vehicle in the Schaumburg area. It used to be the case that a vehicle wasn't worth buying if it had more than 100,000 miles already. However, newer vehicles are made differently and depending on the repair and service history, this isn't always the case. Find out how condition, location, and usage influence your used car buying decision at Elgin Hyundai.

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Find Out Good Mileage for a Used Car

If you're considering buying a used Hyundai near Streamwood, you'll want to think about the following factors along with mileage:

  • Location - If a vehicle is coming from a dry, warm climate, it's under less stress than a car that's coming from a cold, wet climate. Drivers in Chicagoland are generally well-aware of what winter can do to a car, so if it's been well-cared for despite the weather, it can still be a good choice.
  • Use - 75,000 miles of stop and go traffic wears more a vehicle quickly than 75,000 highway miles. Ask for the previous owner's driving history before you buy.
  • Condition - Have a certified mechanic check the vehicle for upcoming repair issues like rust or engine problems and figure this amount into your budget. Every car at Elgin Hyundai has been inspected by our service team before getting displayed on our used car lot.
  • Maintenance - Make sure the vehicle has been brought in for routine maintenance tasks like oil changes. If it has a spotty maintenance history, it could be a sign of problems to come.

Mileage vs. Age

While most people think that a low-mileage car is better than a high-mileage vehicle, that's not always the case. You'll want to take other variables into account:

  • Cars with low mileage sometimes have a premium associated with them.
  • Cars that haven't been driven regularly can have higher repair costs. Not driving a car for a while can cause tire problems, drivetrain issues, or cracking in rubber seals.
  • A car with a well-documented maintenance history should take preference over one that hasn't been taken care of.

If you're considering a car that's newer but has higher mileage than an older car with lower miles, it's not necessarily bad value. Be sure to take other factors into account when buying.

Looking for the best of both worlds on mileage and age? A Certified Pre-Owned model may be your best option.

Shop Our Used Car Inventory at Elgin Hyundai

The bottom line is that mileage is just one factor to consider when buying a used car. To learn more about how to find the best used vehicle for your needs and your budget, or to keep your fuel economy at its best and how the right tire pressure is importantcontact us online. You can also come by our dealership in Elgin to explore our used and CPO inventory in person and take a test drive. You can even learn more Hyundai GAP insurance and how it can protect your new vehicle.