Used Cars 101: Low Mileage vs. Age

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Used cars are popular picks at LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter. And if you’re shopping for a used car, you’ll eventually be confronted with the question of low mileage vs. age – and whether one is more impactful than the other.

Why is Mileage Important?

Mileage provides the clearest evidence of how much a car has been driven. However, high mileage doesn’t automatically mean that a used or Chevy Certified Pre-Owned model is in poor condition.

Other factors must be considered, such as how often the car has been driven, where it’s been driven, and whether it’s been consistently serviced. It’s also good to know whether the car’s replacement parts are genuine Chevy parts or aftermarket parts produced by a third party.

How does Age Impact a Car?

Age impacts a car in a few different ways. The most obvious is that the older a car gets, the more likely it is to have been “put through the ringer” – in other words, older cars are more likely to have dings and dents.

Another truth about older cars is that they probably won’t have the latest safety, infotainment, and comfort features. Moreover, older cars likely won’t get as good of gas mileage as a newer car that incorporates engine innovations such as automatic shut-off and hybrid components.

Another age-related factor to consider is depreciation. In fact, every new car at LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter loses value (depreciates) as soon as it leaves our lot. After just one year, a new car can lose up to 30 percent of its original value – and after five years, this loss of value might be around 60 percent from the original sticker price. Depreciation does have an upside, though: for used car shoppers, it can make a desirable car even more affordable.

Find Your Next Used Car Today

Mileage and age are key criteria by which you should evaluate every used car you’re considering. However, one isn’t necessarily more important than the other, and the overall condition of the car must be factored in as well. Learn more by meeting today with our Chevy dealers and taking a test drive.

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