Are you looking for a used car and don’t want to go wrong? Mileage is one of the most important characteristics, which should not be overlooked in making the right choice.

To begin with, know that there is no universal answer to this question, but that there are as many as there are categories of cars on the market, and uses specific to each motorist. The mileage of a vehicle gives you an indication of its duration of use, and the more time passes, the more the rating of the used car will drop: it is then wise to opt for the best mileage / price ratio.

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Mileage of a used car: how to choose?

When you are looking for a used car, its rating depends on several parameters: first of all the general condition, its level of equipment, its age, or even its mileage. It is considered that on average, a gasoline vehicle travels about 12,000 km per year, and a Diesel about 18,000 km per year. Beyond the psychological threshold of 100,000 km, a gasoline car begins to see its rating drop, while for a Diesel, this occurs more towards 150,000 km. But this does not mean that the vehicle will be good for the breakage, quite the contrary: some very robust and well maintained models easily exceed 300,000 km!

The notion of good mileage will however depend on the use you will make of this car: if you plan to travel more than 25,000 km per year, then it will be wise to orient your choice towards a vehicle with low mileage, for example showing approximately 50,000 km for a two to three year occasion. On the other hand, if you only drive very occasionally, a used car with more kilometers on the odometer will not be a problem.

When researching, beware of models whose odometer has been tampered with: indeed, some unscrupulous sellers do not hesitate to modify the odometer to lower the mileage, in order to sell it at a higher price. In particular, ask for a completed maintenance booklet accompanied by invoices, which mention the mileage. If a detail seems suspicious to you, flee! It is better to miss a good deal than to make a bad one …

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