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Buying A Used Car With High Mileage


Purchasing a car that has a lot of miles reading on the odometer doesn’t mean necessarily that it is in a bad shape and for this reason you should look closely at these vehicles as some of them are in good shape, although they have been used massively. If the owner of the car has serviced it on a regular basis and he has driven it like a normal driver would do, the vehicle should be in a decent shape and should last for another 200,000 – 300,000 miles.

If you are interest in buying a used car with high mileage, here are some pointers that might help you.

First of all, it is highly recommended to select a model from an automaker known for its reliability, like: Honda, Toyota, Volvo, etc. Usually, the higher end models are in most cases better cared in comparison to economy cars.

Second of all, get in touch with some of the local private buyers as only here you will find the best prices and if you are lucky enough, a car that has been very well maintained, although it has been driven lot. By checking the interior and the exterior of the car, it is a solid indication of how the mechanical part has been maintained by its owner. You should ask the person that sells the car for all of the maintenance invoices or records.

Always take the car for a test drive before deciding to purchase it. You should verify how it handles and accelerates at highway speeds. If you do not have any experience with cars, it would be best to take some that knows about them, preferably a mechanic.

One of the main reasons of acquiring a used car would be to pay in cash, rather than finance it. The latter option should be taken into consideration if you buy a lower mileage car.

When negotiating the price for the car, don’t forget to check out KBB – Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds to find out what would be a fair price for the vehicle.

Buying a used car with high mileage is probably the most affordable way to obtain means of transportation. Don’t rush into buying the first car you see right away. Instead, do a little bit of research and you’ll probably find a cheap car that has been well-maintained by its owner(s).


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