When you want to buy a used car, you could be caught in between these two major points when looking at what should matter- mileage or age. Both are important, and in fact, they both usually have a major effect on pricing. A 10-year-old car will cost less than a 2-year-old, and one with 100,000 miles will be cheaper than another with 20,000miles.
Mileage yardstick to measure how much life a car has lived, so it is very important to consider it when buying a used car. It tells how used and a car has been, which will as well tell on the parts of the car. We should not forget that some parts in a car, catalyst, for example, are designed to last certain miles after which they must be replaced. So a car that has been driven more miles will cost lesser because of the understanding that you will need to spend sooner or later on it to replace some certain parts.
Another issue with high mileage could be wear and year. Of course, a car that has gathered mileage through city drive will have a lot of wear that that which had accrued mileage through highway drives. All that could look like some cons, but that are pros too. A car well driven will most likely have been maintained better too. Examples are ride and share drivers (UBER/LYFT) who drive long distance, but because of the nature of their job and the rules, do better maintenance on their cars, follow scheduled oil-change and as such their cars, if purchased by some buyers, usually last longer despite the high mileage.
The advice, if possible, is that some maintenance records of the car being sought or requested from the seller to have an idea of how well the car has been maintained. Most times, well-driven cars must have been tunned up before you buy, and the parts that could have cost you more would have been replaced to last a few more years or miles.
Age is a huge factor to consider too. Of course, if it does not matter, it would not be having such a huge difference in price. A younger car sells for a higher price than an older car. One will expect that an older car would have more mileage than a newer car, but that is not always through in some cases.
In today’s world, newer cars are driven more because of the features in them and at times because of what they are used for. You could find a 10-year-old car with 50,000 and a 2-year-old car having more than double the mileage of the 10-year-old. For instance, a 15-year-old car with 30,000 miles could look good, but given that the car, with that age, has not to be driven that well could pose some issues for the buyer later on. Some parts are designed to work with friction, and such must be engaged or they become rusty and spoilt. Another thing is that most underused vehicles are usually not adequately maintained and that basically because they are not used that much, so most people “what is the need?”.
To be on the safer side, have an open mind when buying a car, and ensure to give mileage and age a thought before concluding. Another important thing to do is, as you are thinking about making your car look good, do a tune-up too. Any car used for over 5 years and above 100,000 miles should be tuned up when you buy. There might be some parts to change or service and all that could still go into the purchase budget. Doing it when you get your used car will be cheaper and will give you some rest of the mind about the car. It is not a new car or near-new, so don’t just buy and kick on, do a diagnostic test, and tune it up.