But there’s more to the story.
A car’s life isn’t determined by miles driven.
Mileage is just one indicator of a vehicle condition.
Theoretically, a vehicle that has covered more miles has more wear and tear, but a car with 60,000 miles on the odometer can easily be in worse shape than one with 120,000 miles.
How many miles on a used car is too much?
Here’s what to know before purchasing a used car. As a general rule of thumb, 15,000 miles a year is considered an “average” number of miles per year. So, a car that is five years old would have about 75,000 miles to be considered “average.” Anything significantly more, and a car is considered to be “high mileage.”
Is it bad to have a lot of miles on a car?
Typically, putting 12,000 to 15,000 miles on your car per year is viewed as “average.” A car that is driven more than that is considered high-mileage. With proper maintenance, cars can have a life expectancy of about 200,000 miles.
How much miles should a car have?
You should consider the current mileage when purchasing a used car. Of course, the fewer miles it has been driven, the better. An average of 12,000 miles per year is considered the norm. Of course, some cars are driven less than that, but many are driven much more due to long commuting distance.
What does a high mileage on a car mean?
Mileage is just one indicator of a vehicle condition. Overall, a high-mileage vehicle that is driven frequently and has been well-maintained will be a more reliable bet. Modern technology means a longer vehicle life-span. At one time, 100,000 miles was considered a long life for a vehicle.