What is considered high mileage?
It is usually seen as “average” to spend 12,000 to 15,000 miles on your car per year. A car that is driven more than that counts as a high mileage. With proper maintenance, cars can have an expected lifespan of about 200,000 miles. But whether you reach it in two years or 10 years, it does not have to mean the end of your vehicle’s life.
Is high mileage bad?
In short – not necessarily. (Although some drivers say it’s a hate-love relationship.)
In fact, a car with a high mileage can point to better standards and technology in the automotive industry. Drivers feel more confident in driving their cars longer as car manufacturers build more sustainable vehicles.
In the 1960s and 1970s, vehicle odometers showed only 99,999 miles before they “rolled over” to zero again. Now many vehicle owners can see well over 100,000 miles and continue to cruise.
Should I buy a car with a high mileage?
If the car is a newer model with a higher mileage, you may be better off. A newer car, regardless of mileage, usually has more up-to-date technology and safety features. (Side note: This is why new car buyers choose to have this small supplement to their car insurance.)
There are benefits to both sides. While cars with low mileage often have less wear, a car with high mileage shows that it still runs smoothly despite how much it has been on the road.
When shopping for a car, remember that there is more to a vehicle than just its miles. Ultimately, you want a car that best suits your lifestyle – which is not determined by just reading the odometer.
What problems can come from vehicles with long mileage?
Your best resource for car maintenance information is a reliable mechanic. But a little general knowledge about routine wear and tear can help you feel more confident along the way. Reliable organizations like Consumer Reports and Car Care Council are great sources of information to help you make smart car maintenance decisions.
Here is a quick summary of when car care professionals say you should expect to replace some of the most important car components:
- Automatic transfer Repairs are rare and most are simply replaced and cost thousands of dollars. Transmission errors are more likely to occur when a vehicle darkens the 100,000 mile mark. But lack of proper maintenance can cause a transfer to fail sooner.
- Battery The lifespan is generally about four years, no matter how many miles you have driven on your vehicle.
- Brake pedals sounds easy when it’s time for new ones. But miles can not exactly predict when the loud scream will sound. How often you drive and how you drive plays into the wear and tear on your brake pads. Braking hard and often driving in stop-and-go traffic will wear out your brake pads faster. Have your mechanic check your brakes during each maintenance check to catch the worn pads before any damage is done to your rotors or bearings.
- Deck can wear out depending on your driving habits, road conditions, type of tires and even type of car. Most tires come with a wear class and warranty that estimates the average miles a tire can last – but the way you drive can also affect that figure.Try this quick trick to check your treads: Insert a penny, President Lincoln’s head first, into the track on the tread. If you can see any part of his head, it’s time for new tires. For safety and performance, it is best to buy brand new. Used tires can pose a safety risk due to their deteriorating condition.
- Petrol pump Faults usually occur if you frequently drive on a low tank, which can cause damage to the pump. Otherwise, your fuel pump will usually last the entire life of your car. Changing the fuel filter every 50 000 km can help preserve it.
- Water pump errors can occur between 60,000 and 90,000 miles. If it starts to deteriorate, it will leak coolant, which can put your engine at risk of overheating. Most mechanics will replace the timing belt and water pump at the same time.
- Kamrem Do not give warning before they break, but can damage your engine if they do. As a preventative process, mechanics often suggest that you replace the belt somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles.
- Oil change should be part of your regular maintenance routine. But once a car reaches 75 000 km, the engine often starts to come loose and cause oil leakage and rattling in the engine. Switching to high-mileage oil can help “tighten” the engine.
How to get a car with a high mileage to hold
If you do not have the money to buy a new car – or if you really love the car you already have – then you are probably interested in keeping your current vehicle as long as possible. Prepare for the road ahead with these tips:
- Fix any problems immediately. Do not ignore the tell-tale or any other problem that arises with your car for long miles. Problems do not just disappear – in fact, they often get worse. As soon as you feel, see or hear anything unusual, take your car to your mechanic to have it serviced immediately.
- Choose high quality replacement parts. When it comes to car parts, you generally get what you pay for. If you want to keep your car on the road, make sure that all worn parts are replaced with high-quality options.
- Follow your owner’s maintenance manual. This means that you change oil in time, check your tire pressure, rotate the tires and maintain your fluids. Ignoring regular maintenance during the early life of your car will lead to major problems on the road.
- Keep it clean. Aside from scrubbing away insects and dirt, cleaning your car can help prevent corrosion both on and under your vehicle. If you drive in snow, you should know what damage road salt can do to your car – it may surprise you!
- Drive carefully. The better you handle your long car, the longer it lasts. Do not apply the brakes or the gas; make gradual turns; and avoid potholes or other difficult road conditions that can strain your vehicle.
- Get the right car insurance. We believe that your car insurance should go a long way – just like your trusted trip. Learn more about the built-in extras that come with each ERIE car policy, or find a local ERIE agent to help you choose the right coverage for your needs and budget.