Older High Mileage Cars
Should I Buy One?
Major servicing and cambelt changes can often be due at around the 40-80k mark,
though this will vary between individual makes and models. A car with 100k on
the clock will most likely have had upkeep like this already done (supporting
service paperwork needs to be checked).
As a general rule prestige makes tolerate the mileage better. The more
expensive the car from new, the better the build quality should be and the
higher the mileage it will tend to run to. Bigger engine sizes are also a safer
bet, so 1.0 litre models may be risky.
The condition of the car is all important (see
Used Car Buying Guide
). The service record is the key. Look for a
correctly stamped service schedule at the prescribed intervals. Avoid anything
with poor bodywork and kerbed wheels. This could indicate a car that has not
been properly maintained. If the car has quality matching tyres the odds are
the owner will not have skimped on maintenance.
The electronics on high mileage cars can be susceptible to problems so check
these are all functioning. The best high miler
to get is an ex-fleet
car. These will have been well maintained and serviced.
Used Car auctions
are a good place to search for cheap high mileage cars
or try a used car dealer who makes it their speciality.
Does driving a Jaguar XK8 Coupe fit your style but not your budget? Drive your
dream car by buying a high mileage car.
These days cars are designed and built
to last past 200,000 miles, so don't necessarily be put off by substantial mileage
With careful choice your 100,000 plus miler ( 160935
) will afford you quality driving at a budget price.
The magic number at which a car turns into a high-miler is 100,000. Most buyers
go for low mileage
cars and many
have only luke-warm interest in cars that have done
over 100,000 miles. Aside from the obvious financial savings on a cut-price high-miler
the other benefits are tempting.
Many high mileage cars
that are less than about five years old may be more
sound than their low mileage counterparts as it is likely they have been used for
motorway driving rather than stop-start city runs. However, you do need to check
that the high-miler has not been used as a taxi (give away signs may include drill holes
in the dashboard).
A 100k miler depreciates less in value
than a car of the same age with only average mileage. When the time comes to
sell you will have lost less in
car vehicle depreciation
It also makes sense to buy a high mileage car
if you do low mileage. The
age/mileage gap will have decreased by the time you are ready to sell and
you'll get a relatively better price for your car (see
used car trade-in for mileage
Check if the high mileage vehicle
is being sold with either an
Inclusion or an Exclusion Car Warranty
Older High Mileage Cars. With careful choice a high mileage car will
quality driving at a budget price.