How Many Miles Should A Used Car Have? 

When buying second-hand cars, remember that the industry standard is the average mileage of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.

This range means that a ten-year-old car with an odometer reading between 120,000 miles to 150,000 miles is normal. If the reading is way more or a lot less, investigate why.

While mileage isn't the only thing to consider when looking at a used car, it’s important to know how "used" the car that you're buying really is.

For example, a five-year-old car that reads under 60,000 miles is considered low mileage. If the odometer reading is beyond 75,000 miles, that same five-year-old car is considered high mileage.

At EchoPark®, you can choose among hundreds of nearly-new one- to four-year-old cars that have low mileage, with most still under the original factory warranty.

When you buy from us, you can also get extended protection with an extra five years/75,000 miles from the day of your purchase.

Tips For Evaluating The Mileage of Cars

1. Evaluate Condition & Service Records

Be sure to check the overall condition of the vehicle. You can judge whether you're getting a good deal if you carefully review the car's history.

You can immediately tell if the previous owner kept their car in good condition by inspecting the used car's interior and exterior.

See if the car had regular maintenance checks. The car's maintenance records should include accounts such as brake replacements, oil changes and other mechanic inspection services it may have undergone.

2. Find A Mileage vs. Age Balance

Customers may prefer buying an old car with low mileage over a newer one with high mileage. Some customers may understand "low mileage" as "used less," even if the vehicle is older. 

The number of miles and age can tell more about a used car's condition. So does how and where the car was driven.

For example, a four-year-old car may be in better condition if a commuter has covered 60 highway miles with it, compared to 48 miles with rough city driving.

Not all miles are equal. Even when the odometer reads the same, navigating through the city may be harder on vehicles than driving straight down a highway.

Go back to the car's history and review what the vehicle was used for in the past.

3. Determine How Many Miles Are Left

Besides the number of miles that a used car has covered, you would do well to see how many miles it has left.

Suppose you find a brand name used car that appears to be in good condition. This vehicle has covered 100,000 miles, and the brand typically serves customers for up to 200,000 miles. So, you are left with half of the vehicle's total miles.

Be wary of rental cars. They are most likely to be left with fewer miles to drive. They may also have gone through several owners without any service records.

4. Shop from Reputable Dealerships

Used car buyers must look for vehicles from honest and reputable sources. Seek car dealers with good records that your family or friends may have positive experience purchasing from.

At EchoPark®, we assure our customers that every car we sell went through a multi-point inspection process before they are listed in our catalog. 

On the criteria of mileage, our nearly new vehicles are all under 50,000 miles.

5. Bring A Mechanic Along for Private Sales

When inspecting a used car's overall condition, car dealers often allow test drives during private sales. Bring along a qualified mechanic to point out any major issues, and consider the mechanic’s advice.

Even without service records, a mechanic could identify whether the car you want to buy may be an older car that had more frequent oil changes than what the seller claims.

6. Do Research Into Specific Makes & Models

Used vehicle companies make their products' features available to the public. Customers may also leave their ratings on official pages so you can identify any common issues with the cars.

Reputable car dealers may also include the detailed specifications of the vehicle they are featuring on the product's page. This makes it convenient for customers to get a quick look into a car's specs and history.

Apart from the details that car dealers provide, you can also look into independent, non-profit organizations like Consumer Reports. These groups gather accounts from real people who detail their experiences buying certain models.

With reports from real people, you can learn more about products that some brands may not disclose, such as cracks, cuts, dents or other excess wear and tear.

Makes/Models with High Reliability at High Mileage

Based on Consumer Reports surveys, which are your go-to place for feedback on any vehicle’s reliability, here are some high-mileage cars from leading automakers in the industry:

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic consistently places among the top 10 vehicles sold in America based on the brand’s strong sales figures. Consumer Reports also includes this model among its longest-lasting vehicles, suggesting that a lot of consumers tend to keep this high mileage compact car for a long time.

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is among the most enduring vehicles, with the 2002 model appearing as the most common search result in used cars that have covered over 300,000 miles.

Lexus GX

Although Kelley Blue Book has ranked Lexus as the best luxury brand, the Lexus GX reached the top 10 in the 2016 Consumer Reports list of best cars that easily cover high mileage.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Over the past decade, Consumer Reports surveys showed that the Miata's engine and transmission have virtually been trouble-free. So much so that the 2010 and 2016 models received some of the highest reliability and owner satisfaction ratings.

Why Not Just Buy A New Car?

The prospect of owning a brand new vehicle may seem exciting. Even so, don’t let this short-term thrill get ahead of your car buying criteria. 

Note that new cars depreciate faster than old cars. New cars also get hit with the 11% depreciation that comes the minute you drive off the new car lot!  

One great advantage of buying used cars at EchoPark® is that the cars we sell have already taken that hit, saving you money. 

You also pay less for a tried and tested vehicle. Our vehicles are low-mileage and verified accident-free by CarFax. Our prices are up to $3,000 less than the competition.

Ready to shop for used cars? Visit our inventory at EchoPark®.com to browse our collection of sport sedans, SUVs, hatchbacks and more.

With our guaranteed nearly-new vehicles, you won't make the mistake of buying a ten-year-old vehicle with undisclosed issues.