Post # 1
I’m just in the “looking” stages of a used car to trade mine in for, something that is a smaller SUV with better gas mileage.
I am surprised at the mileage of some of the used cars. I am looking at Nissan and Mazda SUVs currently, and many of them have well over 100K miles…at least in the price range I’ve started looking in.
I’m kinda surprised that such high mileages are in the price range I’m looking for, which I feel isn’t even a low price point.
Maybe it’s because when my dad bought me my first car, it only had 11K miles on it, and even the current SUV i drive now only has about 82K miles on it.
How many miles is too many? Are these mileages normal? How much longer can a car realistically run once it hits 130K miles and over?
I really am a newbie in this whole car thing. I’ve been very fortunate to have all kinds of help with cars since I turned 16. My original car (mentioned above) was followed by an SUV I loved and it had over 170K miles on it (it was formerly one of my dad’s employees’ cars who drove back and forth to all their job sites so the car was only a couple years old, but the mileage was high because they were mostly all “highway miles”, does that make a difference?) and then that was totaled in an accident and now I’m driving my current SUV, less than 4 years old with 82K miles.
Such a novice in this area..
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
@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
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 # 9
@eeniebeans: i’m looking between 2-4 years old. I don’t really want anything older than 4 years old.
Post # 10
@LaurenKK: well, that’s another thing. I currently drive a 2008 Ford explorer and it’s a Ford so I don’t trust that it’s going to be around for another 80K miles. But Darling Husband has a civic with 130K miles on it and it’s never and ANY issues at all. I am looking into whether or not nissans and/or mazdas have a longer “life expectancy” than fords or GMCs, etc.
Post # 11
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
@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
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
Sorry, I see you are looking at SUVs. I hear a lot, lot, lot of good things about the Honda CR-Vs!
Post # 15
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
@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.