Cars have come a long way in the last 15 years, and our perceptions and prejudices should change along with them. Gone are the days where you are lucky to get 100,000 miles out of your car. Almost any car made after the year 2000 is capable of getting to 250,000 or even 300,000 miles. HOWEVER, they can only get there if they are properly cared for and maintained. Honestly, the interior is going to wear out before your engine so stop shunning used cars with over 50,000 on the clock saying, “I don’t trust it.”
I run into so many people that want to save money by buying a used car, but get severe anxiety about anything that has any sort of miles on it. I have owned just 3 cars in my lifetime. A 99′ Honda Accord that I bought with 140,000 on the clock, a 08′ VW Passat with 80,000 on the clock, and finally a 92′ BMW 318i with 116,000 miles. You know which car I’ve had the most reliability trouble with? The Volkswagen that’s the newest of the bunch with the lowest miles. This is simply an illustration to depict my point that there are many things that are more important than the number of miles when it comes to buying a car.
This is simply an educational piece on the status of maintenance in the automotive industry today, and is not meant to get people to stop buying new cars. Buying a car is a big decision and should be thought about from all angles. I just want all those angles to be well informed. I hope this was helpful! Leave a comment on whether you would consider buying a car with 100,000+ miles. With all that money you save on purchase price you can afford to fix anything your mechanic finds during pre-purchase inspection. *Cheeky grin*
3/9/2020 05:49:19 pm
It's great to know that city-miles are usually much harder on the vehicle due to the constant stopping and starting. My daughter is trying to get a luxury car so that she can be more comfortable when driving to work or the store. She likes the idea of getting a BMW that is a few years old so she doesn't have to pay full-price for one.
1/25/2021 01:24:27 pm
I like that you talked about how some car makes and models are just notoriously unreliable. My cousin is thinking about getting a new car that will help her commute. She needs to just sell off her older car for as much cash as she can get.
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