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Old 12-13-2007, 03:39 PM   #1
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Default Older car with Low Miles or Newer Car with High Miles?

In shopping for a used car, what age/miles are the best value? I've always thought that a "little old lady" car or one that's 12-15 yrs old with 60k miles is a great value because it has a lot of life left and depreciation has already occurred. However, some people have told me that a well maintained regularly driven 6 yr old car with 100k miles in top shape is a better buy mechanically. The downside I see to 100k mile cars is the next person might be scared buying my 140k mile car. What are your thoughts?
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Older car with high miles... Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size.
Personally I would say newer car with high miles. Where the F is the poll? Click the image to open in full size.
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Let's assume maintance is the same. And we are getting a daily driver.

I would choose a 2006 car with 50,000 miles over a 1996 car with 50,000.

- You don't know if the car was driven a lot of short/stop and go trips.
- You don't know the condition of other parts that can be worn out.
- Time and weather condition does affect things like metal, hose and rubber.

Now, if a 1986 car with 50,000 miles, I would consider a semi-classic. Click the image to open in full size.

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So it sounds like a newer car with a lot of highway miles would be sweet.
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Default Re: Older car with Low Miles or Newer Car with High Miles? (Happs)

I think it depends on how long you plan to drive the car.

They keep putting more and more features into the newer cars and to me, it just seems like more **** that will break.

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Definitely a newer car with higher miles. A 1980's car with 50,000 miles seems to be more of a mechanical nightmare than a newer car with 100,000 miles. of course it's company dependent, but a 2004 car with 100,000 miles would've most likely been driven primary freeway/highway cruising = less stress on mechanical parts.
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Is just completely depends on the type of car and how old is "old".


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its all about parts that will fit the year and model, next to low miles to handle the partz
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its all about parts that will fit the year and model, next to low miles to handle the partz
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In shopping for a used car, what age/miles are the best value? I've always thought that a "little old lady" car or one that's 12-15 yrs old with 60k miles is a great value because it has a lot of life left and depreciation has already occurred. However, some people have told me that a well maintained regularly driven 6 yr old car with 100k miles in top shape is a better buy mechanically. The downside I see to 100k mile cars is the next person might be scared buying my 140k mile car. What are your thoughts?
Depends on the make. Honda/Acura can hold 300,000+ miles without any issues at all.
Something like a VW, Chevy, Saturn, etc you better get the lowest miles you can find.

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Depends on the make. Honda/Acura can hold 300,000+ miles without any issues at all.
Something like a VW, Chevy, Saturn, etc you better get the lowest miles you can find.
I'll use this post to ask a related VW question. There's enough examples of VW going 300K miles too. There is enough web stories, if needed I can link up.

Was that old school VWs? Or are the newer ones not that great?
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