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There are a surprising number of benefits that come alongside purchasing a used vehicle, like lower prices and more options. However, there are also a variety of things you’ll want to look out for—with the vehicle’s mileage high up on that list. Read on to learn more about what kind of red flags to watch out for when purchasing a used vehicle—specifically, how many miles are too many—with Toronto’s Golden Mile Chrysler.

Things To Look Out For In A Used Vehicle

There are a few things you’ll want to know about before purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, and that includes how often it’s been serviced. There’s a reason we always suggest following the manufacturer’s suggested service intervals, along with keeping records of said service: it results in a vehicle that holds its value better, for longer. While we’re mostly going to talk about looking at the odometer, service goes hand in hand with the vehicle’s mileage. After all, the more miles on a vehicle, the more often it will need to have been serviced. If you can find records of all the necessary maintenance, you can trust that the vehicle should perform well regardless of how many miles are on the odometer.
Use the following as a rough guide, as they are average intervals for the services you should expect the vehicle to have undergone:

  • Oil Changes: every 4,800 km, up to 8,000 km
  • Tire Rotations: every 12,000 km, or about every 6 months
  • Brake Pad Replacements: anywhere from 48,000 km, to 112,000 km

How Many Miles Are On The Odometer?

To determine how many miles are too many, first we have to get an understanding of the expected average distance driven in a year, along with the environment in which it’s driven.

Average Distance Traveled Per Year

While the information provided by the Canadian government came from a 2008 survey, it’s probably safe to assume that the information hasn’t changed all that much—unless of course your city has undergone massive changes to its infrastructure. The study found that Ontario drivers put an average of 16,000 km on their engine over the course of a year.

Now, with that information, you can determine if the vehicle you’re interested in purchasing has been driven around the average, or more or less, with a little math. Simply take the amount on the odometer, and divide it by the number of years the vehicle has been on the road. The number you’re left with is the average mileage put on the vehicle each year. 

Why Does the Average Distance Matter?

Although it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, vehicles that have been underdriven are susceptible to a unique brand of issues. Because vehicles are full of parts that need to be lubricated, or in motion, they can dry out and break when not being used. That’s why, if a used car dealer ever tells you the vehicle was only driven by a little old lady to and from church on Sundays, you might want to rethink your purchase. 

High mileage vehicles also offer their own set of issues, specifically that they’ve been driven a lot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if the vehicle has been well maintained. However, the only way you’ll know this is if the seller has kept all records of service—like we suggested above.

Does The Environment A Vehicle’s Driven In Play A Role?

Another thing to look out for is where the vehicle has been driven, as there is a massive difference between city mileage and mileage from the highway. When on the highway, odds are the vehicle is travelling at a more consistent speed, and not doing a lot of stopping and starting. This prevents the vehicle from undergoing unnecessary wear and tear. Conversely, because there is a lot of stopping and starting when driving in the city, vehicles tend to be subject to more stress over time from driving in the city. 

This means that a vehicle driven in the city, with slightly lower mileage, might not actually be in better shape than a vehicle with more mileage accrued on the highway.

While these are all important things to consider when purchasing a used vehicle, you can trust that the pre-owned cars and trucks for sale at Toronto’s Golden Mile Chrysler are of the absolute best quality. Our used vehicles are all inspected extensively, with any parts or service needed provided by our knowledgeable and experienced service technicians. So if you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle in the Greater Toronto Area, simply swing on by Golden Mile Chrysler: the home of the Swinging Lady!