Car mileage: A quick guide

August 26th, 2020 by

Have you ever calculated the average number of miles you drive in a day, week, month, or even year? What about car shopping – if you’re shopping for an Orlando used car, do you consider the mileage as you explore the options? Mileage is an important part of both car shopping AND car ownership for many reasons, and Toyota of Clermont is here with a quick guide on how to take it into account next time you get behind the wheel.

car mileage guide

Let’s talk about mileage and what it means to you as an owner

Daily/Annual driving

When it comes to car ownership, it’s important to think about your mileage so you know how to properly care for your car. For example, the average mileage for a car over the course of a year is around 15,000 miles. However, we know that some drivers will be under and some will be over that number and that the actual miles traveled for each vehicle will really vary. It doesn’t really matter how many miles you drive in a day or a year as long as you care for your car accordingly. This means staying on top of routine car maintenance like:

  • Oil changes
  • Tire rotations
  • Battery service
  • Tuneups
  • Brake service

This will allow your car to handle any sort of drive time and stay in good condition so it 1) works properly and offers reliable performance and 2) retains its resale value for when you want to sell or trade in down the road.

How many miles are too many miles when shopping for a Clermont used car?

Shopping

When you’re shopping for a used car, you should take a peek at the mileage on the odometer. It’s OK to buy a car with a good amount of miles on it, but here are some things to consider:

  • Make sure it’s been routinely maintenanced. Proper car care is just as important as the number on the odometer, believe it or not. Let’s say you have two cars – one with 60,000 miles and one with 100,000 miles. The car with 60,000 miles has not been serviced regularly and has had multiple owners, while the car with 100,000 miles has been kept on a service schedule and has only had 1-2 owners. You should look into it, but the 100,000-mile car could actually be the better investment for you.
  • Be ready for a bit more expense. After cars hit the 100,000-mile marker, they tend to need a bit more TLC to keep them in good condition. This may make your car care costs go up slightly, so be sure to factor that into your ownership costs overall.
  • Some makes retain value better than others. We’re definitely bragging here, but Toyota cars retain value extremely well. Some makes are just better in terms of keeping their value, providing reliable performance, and handling high mileage. Do your research before you shop!
  • Highway miles are better. Highway miles are preferable to urban and suburban miles. Highway miles are actually easier on your car because the vehicle is moving at a constant speed and not stopping and starting all the time – it’s easier on the engine and all of the car parts in general.

Have questions or need to schedule maintenance? Call us – you can also shop our huge selection of used cars! Toyota of Clermont is located just west of the Florida Turnpike at 16851 State Road 50, just west of the Florida Turnpike.