Why we shouldn’t always opt for low mileage cars

Many buyers believe that low mileage cars are a great buy. Buyers look for low mileage cars whether they are buying from individual car dealers or a car supermarkets.

There are several reasons, however, why one might prefer a high mileage car. Although low mileage cars often mean less wear and tear, it is more important for buyers to know how and where the cars have been driven. Buyers should have these questions ready, whenever they visit a car supermarket or car dealer.

Factors to be considered include wear and tear of car components, the load engine carries and lower contamination of emission controls.

Wear and tear of car components

The different car components are not as affected as one might imagine, so long as the car has been driven on smooth roads.
Suspension components, in particular, remain in good condition when the car has been mainly driven on major highways, because there are fewer dents, dips and bumps as compared to other roads in the city.

Likewise, brake components remain in good working order, as highway driving does not require as much brake usage, since there is less traffic to navigate around.

Load engine carries

When moving off from a standstill, the engine performs its hardest job, as compared to when the vehicle is already in motion. Therefore, higher mileage is not necessarily a negative point when buying a used car. It implies that the car has spent more time moving than being started up from cold.

Less contamination of emission controls

Such as oxygen sensor(s) and catalytic converter.

Water production is a natural side-effect of engine combustion. This water mixes with the oil in engine,  which produces damaging acids. Vehicles with higher mileage have maintained the right operating temperature for longer, which boils and removes this acidic moisture from the engine.

Therefore, when you are buying a used car; consider its mileage rather than just concentrating on its production year. If the car is old with a very low mileage, then it must have been used for shorter trips. A newer car with lots of mileage depicts that it was driven more on highways. The average person drives about 20,000 kms per year.

Obviously, you should go through other things as well, such as car maintenance, service history, general inspection, overall condition, engine details, repair history etc.

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