Beyond the Number: Why Mileage Matters When Buying a Used Truck

When shopping for used trucks in the Orlando area, one of the most common factors buyers take into consideration is the amount of mileage on a truck. Typically, used truck buyers prefer a vehicle that has fewer miles, but what some people don’t realize is that there’s a lot more to the condition of a truck than its number of miles alone. Two trucks with identical mileage could vary greatly in their performance and reliability based on a number of factors, as outlined below.

City or Highway Miles?

One of the main factors that should be considered when evaluating a vehicle based on its mileage is whether they’re primarily city or highway miles. Why does this matter? For starters, highway miles tend to put a lot less wear and tear on a truck. That’s because, unlike with city miles, highway miles don’t require continuous braking and accelerating, which saves the engine from a lot of wear. Therefore, a truck with 100,000 highway miles may not have experience as much wear and tear as one with 50,000 city miles.

Regular Oil Changes

Another important factor that can impact the reliability of a used truck is whether or not the owner has had regular oil changes performed every few thousand miles. If so, and if the truck has been well maintained beyond that, the number of miles on a truck doesn’t have to be as important of a factor when buying. After all, a truck can very well run reliably for 200,000 miles or more, provided that its engine has been cared for with regular tune-ups and oil changes.

Low Mileage Pros and Cons

When looking at a truck that has low mileage, there are some potential pros and cons buyers should consider. Obviously, low mileage can be beneficial, as this could indicate that the truck has a lot of “life” left in it before it will need major repairs or maintenance. On the other hand, some dealerships charge a premium for low-mileage used vehicle, so it’s always a good idea to have a used truck thoroughly inspected by a mechanic before buying it, regardless of how low the mileage is.

Overall, mileage is important to consider when buying a used truck, but it’s not as straightforward as many buyers think. By keeping these factors in mind, buyers can ultimately make the right decision.

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Advantages of buying a used car…..

If you’re not married to the idea of buying a new car, used vehicles have their own benefits:

Increased choice: Both new and used-car dealers are feeling the side effects of a tough economy. The positive side of this is that consumers win in a bear market; as dealerships close prices of large, used SUVs and even midsized cars are down, and there should be more vehicles on lots due to slowing sales.

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Improving reliability: Although used vehicles typically don’t carry the same warranties as new ones, the original factory warranty on a new car is transferable to a second owner, usually at no charge. Buyers of certified pre-owned cars from an authorized dealer can purchase a late-model used car with the original warranty and then choose to add to it. The combination of a glut of late-model used vehicles, the greater reliability and durability of vehicles, and the availability of warranties make buying a used car less of a gamble.

2009 BMW 328 328i Sedan - 001Just like new: Another trend that makes buying used a better option is the proliferation of certified pre-owned programs. The idea started with luxury brands such as Lexus and Mercedes-Benz and has become a popular alternative for car buyers.

2011 BMW 128i w-SULEV Convertible - 001Evolution Auto is a car dealership in Sanford designed with you in mind.  Whether you are looking to buy or sell a car, repair, maintain, restyle or just pamper your vehicle, we’re here to  provide you with the service and experience you deserve.

As a car dealership, we have over $5 Million of inventory available to you- from exclusive, hard to find luxury used cars, trucks and conversion vans to the standard SUV’s, sedans and minivans.  Take delivery here or anywhere, worldwide.  Evolution Auto truly is a simple, no hassle experience.

Just want to sell your car?  We’ll make it fast, fair and easy.  Just stop in to get started.  One of our trained appraisers will inspect your vehicle and give you an offer good for up to 5 days.  No obligations, free of charge. We will also help with auto loans in Sanford and lease plans too.

Evolution Auto
1300 Rinehart Road
Sanford, FL 32771
407-688-5888

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