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When examining a used vehicle for sale, you’ll want to check the vehicle’s mechanics and physical condition, as well as mileage. While traditionalists might shy away from a used car that has over 100,000 miles, that isn’t a hard and fast rule for today’s vehicles. Even a higher mileage vehicle can still be a great buy if it’s been taken care of and is well-maintained. Some important factors for Beaverton area drivers to consider when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle include condition, location, and usage. Find more used car shopping tips at Dick's Hillsboro Honda!

Used Car Shopping Tips

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Along with mileage, here are a few more things to keep in mind while shopping around for your next new-to-you car:

  • Usage – How a car is driven matters. For example, 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles spent on the open highway. If you can, ask about the previous owner’s driving history.
  • Location – If a vehicle has spent its time in dry, warm climate, it will have undergone less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition – A certified mechanic should inspect the vehicle to determine if there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, that will need to be dealt with. Make sure to take any repair costs into your budget.
  • Maintenance – Check the maintenance history of the vehicle to ensure that it has been kept up to date on routine services like oil changes. Irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Used Car Dilemma: Mileage vs. Age

You’ll want to carefully consider both mileage and age when making your purchase. A newer car with high mileage may well be a better choice than a low-mileage older car. Other considerations to take into account when buying include:

  • A car that hasn’t been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. A variety of problems can develop if a car isn’t driven on a regular basis, including mechanical issues or problems with rubber seals and gaskets.
  • A vehicle with a well-documented maintenance history is preferable to one that has been neglected.
  • Low-mileage vehicles often come with a higher price tag.

To get a like-new vehicle with lower mileage, a certified pre-owned model is an option worth exploring.

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