How many miles should a used car have and still be considered reliable? An average of 12,000 miles per year is the norm, but some models are especially durable. To get the best deal it is important to verify the mileage as well. Let’s find out more.

When The Factory Warranty Expires

Most factory warranties expire at around 36,000 miles. This is not a coincidence as the rate of mechanical failure may begin to increase around this mark. Also, a major (and costly) service visit is typically scheduled at approximately 40K, so consider this when buying. From there on, major service is usually required every 30,000 to 40,000 miles.

Verify the mileage on any used car. Get a vehicle history report from a CARCHEX partner today.

Over 100,000

In the old days, a car with 100K miles might have been a clunker, but today’s vehicles can still run strong far past this milestone. This number still carries a psychological significance and might coax sellers (especially private ones) to sell at a bargain. It’s not unheard of for some cars to still run well after logging over 300,000 miles. Obviously, a car with good service records makes this type of buy more attractive.

Type Of Driving & Look Inside

The type of driving by a car’s owner can be just as important as the number of miles. If the vehicle was used for commercial purposes, it might have seen hard work. Also, city driving is harsher on a car compared to suburban or country use.

Even though you can never be completely sure about the type of driving, the car’s interior often exposes secrets. If the dash and upholstery look well cared for, then there is a good chance the engine was well cared for too.

Which Models Run Longest?

According to an analysis by Forbes, some of the best cars known for their longevity are the Toyota Scion, Acura RDX, Lexus RX 350 and the Toyota RAV4 and 4Runner. Also included in the list are the Chevrolet Avalanche and Honda Ridgeline. Finally, the sporty Mazda MX-5 is also known for long term reliability. Mile-for-mile, these models will typically outlast the competition.

Mileage Verification

Before you buy any used car, it pays to verify the mileage. Even cars with high mileage readings might have had the odometer rolled back to make the vehicle easier to sell. The best way to protect yourself against this type of fraud is to get a qualified vehicle history report. These reports contain odometer readings for reported service or repair visits.

The report also gives you a lot of valuable information besides the mileage, such as reported accidents, damage, number and type of previous owners, and history of junk or salvage title.

Buy Smart – Save Money

Buying a used car with high mileage can be a way to save money. Nobody can know the entire history of a car, but a used vehicle history report is one of the best ways to get information about a car’s past, including odometer readings. Consider this before you buy.