What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

Close on Odometer of Vehicle showing 20047 miles driven

When you go to buy a new-to-you car in National City, you may already know that a car’s physical condition and history is something you need to have checked, but what about the vehicle’s mileage? While most people will urge you to stay away from a car with high mileage, that isn’t necessarily true. If a vehicle has been maintained regularly during its life, it could still be a very good buy even if it has high mileage. When you shop for a pre-owned vehicle, you need to keep mileage, condition, location, and usage in mind. Learn more in this guide by Karz Plus.

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

When you’re shopping for a used car in Escondido, there are some things you should look at in addition to the mileage:


A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has driven 75,000 miles on the highway. Make sure that you get the vehicle’s driving history before you buy.


Vehicles that have been driven in a city that has a dry, warm climate, undergo less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate.


Have a certified mechanic in San Diego inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with.


Check the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure that it has been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. An irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Mileage vs. Age

When you shop for a new car, you may have heard that you shouldn’t buy a car with high mileage, however well maintained cars have been known to go for hundreds of thousands of miles without incident. For added peace of mind, take these factors into account before buying:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop if a car isn’t driven on a regular basis.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.

If you’re looking for a great car with a great deal, be sure to check our used vehicle specials or our cars priced under 10k.

Buy Your Next Car at Karz Plus!

Don’t let high mileage hold you back from buying a great car in Chula Vista. At Karz Plus we have a wide selection of high-quality used vehicles for you to choose from at great prices. Contact us with your questions, learn about your financing options, or set up a test drive today!