(Closed) How much mileage is too much?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: when buying a used car, I wouldn't buy one with more than ______ miles on it
    less than 50K miles : (16 votes)
    33 %
    50K-70K miles : (14 votes)
    29 %
    71K-90K miles : (6 votes)
    13 %
    91K-130K miles : (9 votes)
    19 %
    131K-150K miles : (1 votes)
    2 %
    more than 150K miles : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I guess a lot depends on the specific car and it’s expected lifetime. When I last bought a car, I didn’t want to look at anything with over 100k miles. However, I ended up getting a Honda with about 120k miles. It made me nervous, but I knew the Honda is a good car and still had a lot of life in it.

    Post # 4
    7408 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think it depends.  When I opened this thread I had in my mind a “used” car being 1-2 years old.  So I was thinking less than 30K miles.  But clearly that is not what you are talking about.  There is a difference between 1 year old used and 10 years old used.

    Post # 5
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    Depends how long you hope to own the car. We just bought a newer car for me, and know that we want it for a good 5+ years before it becomes DH’s commuter car. So we looked at nothing about 75k and got one just under 50k (realistically I thought I’d end up at about 60k).

    But it depends on the type of vehicle and how reliable it is too!

    Post # 6
    23 posts

    I’ll have to agree with the PP. I bought a Nissan last year that had a little over 100K miles on it and it runs great.  Whatever you do, just make sure you take it to a mechanic you trust for a thorough pre-purchase inspection.

    If the seller doesn’t want you to get it inspected, step away from the deal. That means there’s something wrong with the car that could cause you thousands in repairs.

    Post # 7
    989 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @eeniebeans:  +1  The last two cars I’ve bought were pre-owned, but less than 2 years old.

    Fiance is looking for a new car now, and he’s not looking at anything that has more than 60K-70K miles.

    Post # 8
    583 posts
    Busy bee

    I agree with PP’s, it depends on the type of car.  I got my Honda CR-V from my mom at 90k and I’m sure I’ll be able to keep it to 200k no problem.  Now, if it was a Dodge or something, heeeelllll no!

    Post # 11
    5762 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Average annual mileage is 12-15,000 a year. I wouldn’t buy anything that has more miles than that (times the age).

    Post # 12
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    @MrsDrRose612:  I have  2009 Nissan Altima. It has a 10 year/120k warranty on the transmission……..plus they are supposed to be pretty reliable vehicles. The newer fords are supposed to be good, but GMC for the time range you are looking are not going to be as good as the Hondas, Nissan, Toyota, etc. 

    Not sure about Mazda, we didn’t look at those at all.

    Post # 13
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    It really depends on the car.  We have a Toyota Tacoma from my Father-In-Law that has 160k miles on it and it’s still running great!

    Post # 14
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    Sorry, I see you are looking at SUVs. I hear a lot, lot, lot of good things about the Honda CR-Vs!

    Post # 15
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Really depends on what your expectations of a used car are. I bought a used car just for the “brand new shine” to be off of it price-wise, so I was looking for something no more than 1-2 years old with no more than 30-40K miles on it, max. And I was still nervous enough to buy a 4 year warranty. 

    But I know a lot of people are more comfortable with more well-used cars. 

    Post # 16
    583 posts
    Busy bee

    @MrsDrRose612:  Mazda’s are amazing, my FI’s Mazda is pretty old (lower mileage though because he got it from an old lady who drove it 30k in 5 years!) and it’s only had minor belt problems (not timing belt, thank God).  

    Also, a Mazda saved our life once so once I no longer have such a low paying job and can buy a new car instead of hand-me-downs from my parents, I will buy a Mazda.

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