What Is Good Mileage for a Used Truck?

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On the hunt for a high-quality, affordable, and long-lasting truck? While many drivers tend to seek out low-mileage used vehicles, mileage is only one small factor in a vehicle’s quality. Good mileage for a used car may be a useful indicator of a longer expected lifespan and fewer upcoming repairs, but this is often not the case. For instance, a clean maintenance history, accident reports, and previous driver quality are much clearer signs of a quality truck, especially those trucks listed for under 20K. Go over the finer points of searching for a used truck around Hillsboro below with Truck Ranch.

The Difference Between Age and Mileage

For many of us, shopping for that new upgrade for our small business can be both a joy and a hassle. Sorting through the range of makes and models, picking out the right trim level—that’s the easy part. But how do you find a great pre-owned or used truck for reliability? Many searches for good mileage for used cars as their sole criteria and end up disappointed. Unfortunately, answering, “What is good mileage on a used car?” only gets us so far. Take a look at the other, more pressing factors involved in determining a vehicle’s quality:

  • Age: An older truck with less mileage on it may seem like a better option on the face, but this can more than likely be an indication of periods of disuse.
  • Idle time: Vehicles that have sat for long periods of time can accumulate a range of issues, as almost every part of a truck should experience regular use to function consistently. Lots of idle time can often lead to costly, serious problems.
  • Budget: A low-mileage used truck can often be much more pricey than a comparably durable truck.
  • Maintenance history: Trucks with a well-documented history of regular maintenance and will be a much safer bet when you’re shopping.

How to Find the Right Used Truck

Fortunately, there are some key indicators and reliable formulas for getting a durable truck with the features you want under budget:

  • Location: The wear on a vehicle comes in large part from the climate in which it was primarily used. Wetter or colder climates can inflict more stress over time.
  • Condition: Have a trusted mechanic to look over the truck you’re interested in to preview and budget for the next few years of possible maintenance.
  • Usage: City traffic tends to put a lot of wear on a truck’s systems due to air quality and constant stop-and-go traffic Compared to routine highway commutes, a city vehicle may have more expected wear over time.

The Trusted Pre-Owned Selection in Logan

Finding a reliable dealership can be almost as difficult as finding the right pre-owned truck, but with the dedicated Truck Ranch representatives, you don’t have to worry. But don’t take our word for it! Our customer testimonials speak volumes about our devotion to quality in our vehicles. Contact us with any questions about our used inventory, back to school truck maintenance, light duty vs. heavy duty, or when to use low gear, to learn about details about the Chevy MyLink update, or to take the first steps toward your next upgrade!

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