Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are planning on replacing his very aged car soon. We are looking for a crossover or small SUV. We are limited to used cars, about 2011-2013 due to our budget. We have come to a bit of a differing opinion on how many miles is too many. For our last car we wanted to stay under 50,000. I would like to stay in this area, even if it means spending a little more. DH is showing me cars with 80 or 90 K miles on them already, which makes me nervous. This car probably wouldn’t be the one we take for long car drives very often, so it would be primarily used as my DH’s main car, for heavy loads, and during bad weather.
So bees, what do you think?
Post # 2
I tried to make it the correct poll and WB wouldn’t let me! Arg. I meant Poll not Pole.
Post # 3
auggiefrog: I couldn’t vote because it really depends on the model and how it was maintained by the previous owner. Those two things are way more important than how many miles are on the car, IMO.
I wouldn’t buy ANY used vehicle without
- Heavily researching its reliability ratings on Consumer Reports and
- Factoring in previous ownership.
If you don’t take those two things into consideration then you’re just rolling the dice and crossing your fingers.
For example, generally speaking, given the choice between a Toyota with 100,000 miles on it and one previous owner with a stack of receipts documenting that it had been maintained correctly; and a Ford with 30,000 miles and two previous owners with no trail of paperwork, I’d take the Toyota anyday.
I once bought a brand new Camry and maintained it faithfully. At the time I had a job that involved a lot of driving. I took it all the way to 240,000 miles and rarely had problems with it during the time I owned it.
Post # 4
I didn’t vote; I think it depends too much on the car. Instead I’ll suggest that you find a compromise # in the middle… could you accept 65k miles, for example? Just settle on a range that you agree on and move on with the process. You want less than 50k, he thinks 85k is okay, maybe call it 50k-70k?
Post # 5
The number of miles is a poor standard by which to judge a car. I’d rather have a car with 100k mostly highway miles where the owner changed the oil regularly than one with 50k mostly city miles and sloppy maintenance.
You need to look past the mileage to other factors such as a mechanic’s inspection or maintenance records.
Post # 6
It really depends on several factors, IMO. I used to drive a Mercedes S class with 298K miles on it that ran beautifully. The body was srarting to fall apart–the passenger door started flying open on turns!
Some makes, models & years are built to last many miles.
Here in SoCal, we don’t have to worry about rust, so that’s not a factor.
How the car was maintained is really important, too. I try to get oil change & transmission service receipts, if possible. Where I live, 100K + is the norm. We drive a lot in CA. My Lexus (which is really a Toyota) has 130K & Dh’s Toyota has 160K. Both cars run great.
Before we buy a used car, we like to spend time on message boards devoted to the vehicle in which we’re interested. You can learn a lot that way.
I went thru a period years ago when I was single & broke & had to buy beaters for under $1000. I bought one for $200 that ran fine & even passed CA smog!
So there are no hard & fast rules about milage. Some cars are ready for the crusher at 50K, some are still running with 400K on them.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t buy a car with kms under 100,000 (63,000-ish miles), because as soon as the kms go over that the price drops dramatically and you have more room for negotiation 😉 As for the maximum kms, it depends on the car. For example, Honda Civics tend to last forever (especially the older ones – like 400,000+ kms/ 250,000-ish + miles) so it wouldn’t bug me to buy one with 150,000 (93,000-ish miles) on it. But if it was a Dodge Caravan, I would want it to have as close to 100,000 as possible since they don’t last as long. We definitely looked at kms when we were buying our used car, but we were also concerned with rust (since cars often become undrivable because of rust – not high kms/miles), how many drivers the car had, how it was maintained, city vs highway kms, the year of the car, etc. We got our 2007 Mazda 3 a few years ago with 101,000 kms on it and now we have 136,000 on it and haven’t had any issues with it at all.
Definitely research the lifespan of the specific vehicles you’re looking at and that should give you a good idea about how many kms/miles you should aim for on a used one (and problems that typically come up in that vehicle) 🙂
Post # 8
I wouldn’t buy used, that is just me due to every used vehicle have owned has had issues. The last used car I had, had less than 30 k miles on it and my dad knew the lady who owned it last. She rarely drove it out of the area. But yet barely 60 days in ended up having to replace the transmission and then a host other issues. Since then I swore would never buy used again
Post # 9
To go in deeper, we would be looking for a car with a good car fax report, no major red flags (accidents), and as far as we can tell has been well maintained. I would make sure that any major parts were in good to great condition. As we are buying from a dealership, I’m not sure how much previous info we can get on the car besides what the dealership has assessed and what the car fax report says.
Post # 10
They should be willing to let you take it to your own mechanic. It’s the law in some states.
Post # 11
sugarpea: I have a civic and love it. I would definitely go Honda if price wasn’t a problem. One of the cars in question is a CRV with almost 100,000 miles.
It’s good to know I shouldn’t be so concerned with mileage. Up until I got my Civic I was driving old beaters and I’m a litttle apprehensive about getting stuck with a quickly aging car again. I also want to avoid the car dying the second we pay it off!
Post # 12
Here is why mileage matters. The more the vehicle has been driven, the more parts you are going to need to replace. I’d give you a list, but really, I’m talking the working parts of the front end. On the same token, you don’t want a used vehicle that has been sitting for a long time. That isn’t good for it either. I’d look at the year, figure that the car should have been driven about 10,000 miles a year with regular oil changes, and see if anything has been replaced. Wheel bearings and breaks are the biggies. If they haven’t been replaced, you can plan on doing the bearings when the car is about 10 years old and the breaks every few years depending on the type of driving you do. A mountainous area or lots of stop and go traffic, plan on a little earlier. Fairly easy highway driving a little later. Regular oil changes are a good thing, but a lot of newer vehicles don’t need the oil changed every 3K miles / 3 months like what used to be the norm. So look at the manual and see what it says. If the vehicle had sat for say, 6 months to a year, make sure they started it up every so often and moved it around or at least had a tune up before they ran it on the road. Old gas is so hard on a vehicle. So is sitting on wheels that don’t move. They tend to get soft spots that way. The newer vehicles can handle a lot more miles than what used to be the norm as long as the vehicle was maintained. Also, the tranny fluid needs to be replaced every 100k miles so keep that in mind. If nothing had been replaced, that can either be a good thing or a bad thing. If you are serious about a certain vehicle, you can take it to a shop and have them look at it for a small fee. They will be able to let you know if there is anything glaringly wrong with it or if you are going to need some maintenance work done. Just ask around and make sure you get a good shop. And tell them up front that if there are a ton of problems, you won’t be buying the vehicle. And that you plan on using a “different shop closer to home” if problems arise. That keeps them honest, even if it isn’t true.
Post # 13
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auggiefrog: I have a 99 Honda crv with 208,000 still running strong. Love my car and will never buy anything but Honda again.
Post # 14
PeachyMama: thanks for the info!
Post # 15
cherryiice: good to know. The CRV we might look at (assuming it’s still there next weekend) already has almost 100,000 miles on it. I don’t have too much other info on the car unfortunately. I found another one with around 50,000 miles for around 1,500 more.
I’m not looking forward to all the running around we will be doing next weekend. Our last car purchase was pretty quick and easy. We did the research and found what we wanted for the price we expected at the first dealership.