What Is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

happy couple with car dealer in auto show or salon

If you’re looking for a high-quality pre-owned car, crossover, or SUV to take on your daily commutes, then you’ve likely got a few questions about determining which one is best for your family. Our finance team is constantly asked, “what is good mileage for a used car?” and
“what is considered high mileage for a used car?” While there’s no one specific answer, there are ways you can find an applicable answer. So, what is good mileage for a used car? Let our team at Nissan of Durango near Farmington help you learn below!

Guide to Used Car Mileage

Mileage is often touted as the go-to metric by which we measure a used car’s condition. However, that isn’t necessarily the case, as there are many more factors to consider. While many consider any vehicle under 100,000 miles to be “low mileage,” there’s more to it than that:

  • Driving History: Did this car travel 50,000 miles of smooth highway traffic in Cortez or stop-and-go city traffic on congested Mancos roads? Find out what you can about the vehicle’s history.
  • Location: Cars in dry, warm climates face less wear and tear than cars from a cold, wet climate. Consider your car’s location before you buy.
  • Condition: Have you had a certified technician look over the vehicle? A professional’s eye can catch what you might miss.
  • Maintenance: A well-maintained vehicle will last far longer than one with a spotty maintenance history, so be sure to take a look at your car’s report card.

Mileage vs. Age

Instead of simply asking “what is good mileage for a used car?” you should be asking, “what is good mileage for this car’s age?” Also, be sure to consider the following points when you’re researching used car condition:

  • Vehicles need to be driven to maintain good performance. An older vehicle with low mileage may have sat around the garage for years, which can lead to drivetrain and seal issues.
  • A car with a good record of regular maintenance should get top priority compared to one that hasn’t had an oil change in years. Don’t underestimate the importance of maintenance!
  • Lower mileage vehicles sometimes have a premium, so consider casting a wider net when shopping for models.

Find Out More with Nissan of Durango

Are you ready to take home your favorite used car, crossover, or SUV available in our Durango inventory? Contact us today, and we’ll help you learn how we can get you behind the wheel of the low mileage used car for sale that you need! Also be sure to learn more about things to Do in Farmington with our team!

More From Nissan of Durango

  • 2020 Nissan Titan & 2020 Nissan Titan XD Towing Capacity

    Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a workday hero, you need a pickup truck that can keep up with your pace. You already know that Nissan makes some of the finest premium sports cars, SUVs, and more, so they’re sure to make some of the finest pickup trucks for sale in Farmington. Are you curious…

  • Nissan Altima Reviews

    The 2020 Nissan Altima has received numerous accolades from auto industry experts. Starting at an MSRP of only $24,100, the Nissan Altima is a powerful, capable, and sporty sedan. With an AWD option, this midsize sedan provides everything Durango drivers want and need to take their commute to Farmington to the next level. Read the reviews about…

  • Nissan of Durango Wishes You (And Your Pet) A February Filled With Love

    Nissan of Durango wants to wish everyone in the Durango area a Happy Valentines day! We’ll be celebrating the community we love all month long with the great deals you’ve come to expect from us year round. Plus, on February 20th, we encourage everyone to extend that loving feeling to your furry friends and celebrate National Love…

Saved Vehicles


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us

(970) 259-3940

Call Now

20704 Hwy 160 West • Durango, CO 81303

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 9am-6pm

Open Today! Service: 7:30am-5:30pm

Open Today! Parts: 8am-5pm

Nissan of Durango 37.2696287, -107.9072604.