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Old 11-20-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Great Lakes region
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I just have to vent my puzzlement - how the hell do vehicles get so many miles on them??? Husband & I have been looking at used vehicles lately, 10 to 12 year old SUV's mostly, and I'm amazed at what dealers consider "low miles" for a 10 year old vehicle. Anything over 100,000 is high miles, in my book! My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Southeast, where else?
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I just have to vent my puzzlement - how the hell do vehicles get so many miles on them??? Husband & I have been looking at used vehicles lately, 10 to 12 year old SUV's mostly, and I'm amazed at what dealers consider "low miles" for a 10 year old vehicle. Anything over 100,000 is high miles, in my book! My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
Some people, most people, actually live in large towns and have to commute great distances. But, don't take my word for it, the NADA rates the average miles driven per year at 15,000....soooooo, with that logic, a 7 year old car with 105,000 miles would be considered "average".

The only good news is that cars are built exponentially better today and running 100,000 or 200,000 is not that uncommon and they seem to hold up. I'm driving one with 215,000 on it and it's running strong. Of course, it's a Toyota and I would expect nothing less.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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Here in metro ATL. I know many people that make 40-90 mile round trips daily to work, so some of them can be at 100K in 5 years easily.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Great Lakes region
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Default More of a rant.............

I just have to vent my puzzlement - how the hell do vehicles get so many miles on them??? Husband & I have been looking at used vehicles lately, 10 to 12 year old SUV's mostly, and I'm amazed at what dealers consider "low miles" for a 10 year old vehicle. Anything over 100,000 is high miles, in my book! My car is 7 years old and has 44,000 miles on it. Husband's truck is 9 years old and has 80,000. How on earth do ten year old vehicles get 150,000 miles on them - do the owners just drive them around in circles to watch the odometer turn over for entertainment?!?!
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Great Lakes region
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That's interesting - I would have thought that people in remote areas, like where I live, would be the ones to put more miles on a vehicle (our nearest big town is 50 minutes away). I can understand it being harder on a vehicles mechanically to be driven in a city, with stop-and-go traffic, but never thought of it as putting more miles on. Not sure I understand why............ wouldn't one live nearer where one works, or work nearer to where one lives, in a metro area?
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Well, I personally drive around 20k/yr, ~35mi round trip daily commute and frequent (weekly/bi-weekly) ~200 mile round trips to neighboring cities for visiting friends/family. I would consider that slightly above average. I know many people who dwarf those figures.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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I driver 80 miles a day, 5 days a week. That's 400 miles a week. 20,000 miles a year. That does not include other driving. 100,000 miles is nothing on a car. My car has 115,000 miles. It sees long trips on a regular basis. My pickup has 190,000 miles and pulls trailers and loads. It too sees long road trips.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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Okay, but would you personally want to buy a 10 year old vehicle with 150,000 miles on it, even with a favorable Carfax report? What would you consider, quote, "low mileage" for a 10 year old vehicle?
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Okay, but would you personally want to buy a 10 year old vehicle with 150,000 miles on it, even with a favorable Carfax report? What would you consider, quote, "low mileage" for a 10 year old vehicle?
Low mileage for anything 10 years old would be 100K miles - 10K per year. A ten year old car with 50K would be a grandma-kept-in-the-garage car.

My 2006 vehicle (Honda) has 130K miles on it. Our other 2006 vehicle (another Honda) has 140K on it. Our 2007 Infiniti will reach 100K soon.

Modern cars, maintained reasonably well, will last far more than 100K miles. Cars in snow areas would concern me more - mostly because of rust from road salt.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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Okay, but would you personally want to buy a 10 year old vehicle with 150,000 miles on it, even with a favorable Carfax report? What would you consider, quote, "low mileage" for a 10 year old vehicle?
Of course. 150K is nothing if properly maintained.

And average mileage for cars are around 12-15K a year. Your personal experiences are different from the norm.
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