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Decoding the Mileage: What High Mileage Means for Used Cars in Boise

Decoding the Mileage: What High Mileage Means for Used Cars in Boise

Hello, Boise car buyers! This week at Driven, we're addressing a topic that often concerns used car shoppers: What does high mileage really mean for a used car? Mileage can certainly give you clues about a car's past, but it's not the only factor to consider. Let's break down what high mileage means and how it can impact your purchase.

High Mileage: More Than Just a Number

Traditionally, a car with over 100,000 miles was considered 'high mileage.' However, with advancements in automotive technology and maintenance, many cars can now surpass this mark while remaining reliable. High mileage does not automatically mean a car is near the end of its life.

Consider the Vehicle's Age

When evaluating mileage, it's essential to consider the age of the car. A car with 100,000 miles over ten years has been driven an average of 10,000 miles per year, which is generally considered normal. It's the combination of age and mileage that should guide your judgment.

Maintenance History Matters

A well-maintained car with high mileage can often be a better choice than a low-mileage car that hasn't been cared for properly. Regular maintenance like oil changes, brake service, and tire rotations can greatly extend a car's lifespan.

Check the Type of Miles Driven

The type of miles on a car—highway vs. city—can make a big difference. Highway miles are generally easier on a car, causing less wear and tear than stop-and-go city driving.

Quality and Reliability of the Make and Model

Some makes and models are known for their longevity and reliability. Researching and choosing a car known for durability can alleviate concerns about high mileage.

Get a Professional Inspection

If you're considering a high-mileage car, getting a pre-purchase inspection from a trusted mechanic is crucial. They can check for signs of wear and potential issues, giving you a clearer picture of the car's condition.

Consider Your Driving Needs

Think about how you'll use the car. If you're planning to drive a lot of miles annually, starting with a car that already has high mileage might not be the best option. However, for lower annual mileage, a high-mileage car could serve you well and offer good value.

Driven's Commitment to Quality

At Driven, we understand the concerns around high mileage. That's why we provide detailed vehicle history reports, offer only well-inspected vehicles, and guide our customers through understanding what mileage means for each specific car.

High mileage isn't necessarily a deal-breaker. With the right information and a thoughtful approach, you can find a high-mileage used car that meets your needs and budget.

Join us next week for more insights into the used car market, straight from Driven, your trusted Boise dealership.