How many miles should a good used car have?

I’m in the market for my first car, and I plan on buying a used one. When I shop online, I can see the mileage listed for each used car, but I don’t really know what’s considered low or high mileage. What should I be looking for?

Answer
The ideal mileage on a used car will depend on a number of factors; however, the average used car tends to have about 12,000 miles per year of ownership. If you’re looking at cars that are three years old, for example, you’d want to be wary of models that have more than 36,000 miles on them.
You should also do your research on different car makes. Some cars are built to last longer than others, and this will affect the age and mileage of the cars that you’re considering.
Here are some other factors to keep in mind when you’re shopping for used cars:
  • Reliability
  • Location of the used car (cars that have dealt with severe weather may have more wear and tear, for example)
  • Maintenance history
Once you pick out the perfect used car, you’ll need a great insurance policy to keep your investment protected. With the Jerry app, you can compare cheap insurance quotes from over 50 providers. From there, Jerry will handle all the paperwork and phone calls to sign you up for your top pick.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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