What is Good Mileage On A Used Car?

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If you are shopping around for a pre-owned car, you are probably wondering “What is good mileage on a used car?” While there is no universal answer to this question, let the experts at Jackson Family of Dealerships help you! Depending on vehicle history reports, maintenance records, and other factors, a vehicle with 120,000 miles or even over 200,000 miles can still be a worthwhile investment. Learn more below before you continue on your shopping experience near !

What To Look For In a Used Car?

There are other factors you need to consider when looking for a pre-owned vehicle for your commutes, such as the following ones that will help determine good mileage for a particular used car.

Usage/Driving Habits

  • Depending on how the previous owner drove, the car can wear down sooner or faster.
  • For example, a car with 90,000 miles that has been driven in stop-and-go traffic will wear down sooner than one with the same mileage that hasn’t been driven in an area with that type of traffic. 
  • The vehicle history report can let you know about the driving style of the prior owner, so you can know beforehand which cars for sale is a good buy. 


  • Cars that have been driven in an area with a dry, warm climate will undergo less stress than cars from areas that have a cold, wet climate. 


  • You should check the condition of the vehicle with the help of a certified mechanic. 
  • If there are any issues, you will know before finalizing the purchase and you can decide if you want to spend extra money on fixing these issues after you bought the car.
  • High mileage cars in good condition can be more valuable than low mileage cars with a lot of issues as you can drive in them safely as soon as the vehicle is sold to you!


  • Along with condition, routine maintenance is also important to your car’s performance on the roads. Take a look at the maintenance history of the vehicle. If the previous owner didn’t keep up with routine maintenance on time, the car may have costly issues in the future. 

How To Choose a Pre-Owned Car Based on Mileage?

Because the answer to “What is good mileage on a used car?” is subjective, you are better off thinking about how many miles you can get out of a car instead. For example, a new-to-you vehicle with 40,000 miles in working condition and has a good record of maintenance can be worth your money. If you are looking at a higher mileage car, such as one with 100,000 miles, you should expect to drive it for several years top. 

The average driver spends about 12,000 miles per year on the road, so you should think about how many miles you will use a year and how many years you plan to use your next car for.

What About the Age of the Vehicle?

Good mileage on a used car means something entirely different when you account for the age of the vehicle. You can expect to get more out of a newer vehicle with high mileage than a low-mileage older vehicle. Keep the following in mind as well: 

  • A vehicle that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have higher repair expenses. 
  • A car with a well-documented maintenance history is better since you can foresee any predictable issues in the future and account for the cost and hassle accordingly. 
  • Low-mileage vehicles are usually more expensive than high-mileage ones. 

If you want to buy a like-new and low-mileage car, then you should take a look at certified pre-owned cars. 

Shop Used Vehicles from Jackson Family of Dealerships Now

Now that you have a better idea of what is good mileage on which used car, shop our inventory at Jackson Family of Dealerships! When you’ve found one that you like, come by our Decatur location and test drive it before you take it home. Take a look at our used vehicle specials and talk to our finance experts to see how else you can save on your purchase!


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