Should I buy an F150 with 100k miles?

Maybe I’m asking too much, but I’d like a cheap used truck that’s in good shape and fairly reliable. I found a nice-looking Ford F-150, but it’s got a lot of miles on the odometer. Is it a good idea to buy an F-150 with 100,000 miles on it?

Joshua Levy · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The struggle is real; it’s hard to know
if a used car is a lemon
until you buy it! 
It’s hard to know
if a used car is a lemon
. As far as cars go, nothing lasts much longer than the Ford F150. A well-kept F150 can last over 300,000 miles without needing major repairs. Of course, it’s rare to find a car that’s been kept in such good condition.
The average American drives about 14,000 miles per year. That means a Ford with 100,000 miles should be around 8 years old. Given the mileage and how quickly cars depreciate, a Ford F150 with 100,000 miles should cost around $8,000. It might sound pricey, but that’s a bargain considering it could last another 20 years if you keep to a regular car maintenance schedule.
It’s important to remember that cars also come with other expenses. While an F150 with 100,000 miles may be cheap upfront, they have generally poor gas mileage and you’ll likely need to fix a few things before you hit the road. 
As far as used pickup trucks go, few last longer than a
Ford F-150
—a well-maintained F-150 can last over 300,000 miles without requiring major repairs, and replacement parts are readily available.
And it’s rare to find a used vehicle in tip top shape—the average American drives about 14,000 miles per year, so with 100,000 miles, you’re likely looking at around seven years of use.
Do your research
before committing to a used F-150:
  • Ask the seller for the vehicle’s age and maintenance history.
  • Take the vehicle for a test drive/
  • Bring along a checklist of components to inspect. 
The bottom line: With proper care and a regular
maintenance schedule
, you could enjoy many more years of good driving with a used F-150 
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