Odometer in Used Car 

When shopping for used cars in the Pasadena area, you're going to consider the physical appearance and mechanical condition. With that said, just as important, you want to check the mileage, along with other factors, like maintenance history, location, and usage. For example, most would shy away from a Chrysler or Dodge with over 100,000 miles, but driven under certain conditions and properly taken care of, that Chrysler or Dodge could easily run for another 100,000 miles. Below, our Bayway service center experts will break down what "good mileage for a used car" really means.

The Smart Way to Shop for a Used Car

In addition to mileage, consider the following when looking to buy a pre-owned car in the greater Houston area:

  • Usage - A car driven 75,000 miles in stop and go traffic will wear down sooner than one that has racked up 75,000 miles on the open highway. Get the previous owner's driving history before you buy.
  • Location - Vehicles that have been driven in a locale that has a dry, warm climate, undergo less stress than vehicles from areas that have a cold, wet climate.
  • Condition - Always get a certified mechanic to inspect the vehicle. If there are any issues, such as mechanical problems or rust, they'll hopefully uncover them and communicate what needs to be done. Figure this cost 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, at 15,000 miles, 30,000 miles, 50,000 miles and beyond. An irregular service history can be a sign of expensive problems in the future.

Mileage vs. Age 

A newer car with a lot of miles on the odometer may well be a better choice than a low-mileage car that is older. When buying a used car, take these factors into account:

  • A car that hasn't been driven regularly will often have higher repair costs. Mechanical issues, or problems with rubber seals and gaskets, can develop if a car isn't driven on a regular basis. 
  • 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. 

A Certified Pre-Owned model is worth considering if your goal is to purchase a like-new, low-mileage vehicle for your League City commutes. Not only do CPO Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep vehicles have detailed histories, but they come with fantastic warranties.

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From muscle cars to pickup trucks, Bayway CDJR we have a wide selection of high-quality used vehicles for you to choose from. For those on a budget, take a look at our fantastic vehicles under $10,000, our used cars under $15,000, and our used car specials. We'll even buy your old car to help you obtain one that's new to you! Get in touch today to learn more about how to finance a car.