Mileage or Age? Buying a Used Car
When it comes to buying a used car, most buyers have different priorities i.e. mileage, beauty, age, engine size, seating capacity etc. The practicality of these priorities can be arguably defended depending on their points of view.
However, the most argued about is mileage or Age?
From a motor enthusiast expert point of view, they both matter.
Mike walks into a car bond and buys a 2005 Mercedes C200 Kompressor with a mileage of just over 150,000 Km.
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James walks into the same car bond and buys a 2000 BMW E46 with a mileage of just under 40,000 Km.
NOTE: Mileage and age both almost equally affect the price
For instance; Mike’s 2005 Mercedes at 150,000 km will ultimately be a lot cheaper than it would be if it bore the 40,000 Km. And Mike’s 2000 BMW given the 40,000 km will be more expensive than if it bore the 150,000 km.
In fact distance affects the price so much that more recent cars with high mileage are often cheaper than older cars with lower. But an older car with a higher one can be bought for almost nothing although we strongly discourage this type of purchase.
In this case, Mike will most certainly buy his car cheaper than James will buy his. And one can say, James got the better deal depending on the price he buys his car.
To explain mileage
A car is a machine and the more you use a machine, the different screws and nuts and engine parts, suspensions, gear shafts etc… start to wear out.
With cars, age doesn’t have much effect on the car compared to distance as long as the car is well maintained and regularly serviced. That’s why some rich families still have their expensive vintages in excellent condition because over the years, they only come out on special occasions.
James’ BMW has traveled a shorter distance. This means the different parts and components haven’t been through a lot of strain. They haven’t taken a beating as hard as Mike’s Mercedes.
To explain age
A 2005 Mercedes definitely comes better equipped in terms of technology, safety features, efficiency and other gizmos. It’s a more recent piece of engineering and this makes it a very dependable purchase.
Mike’s car might even have features that make it more durable than James’ BMW and the high distance covered could not have taken such an intense toll on it. Newer year of manufacture means newer and better technology. Although the high distance traveled in this case makes the dependability on these advantages quite questionable.
Mileage is logically the more solid factor to consider when purchasing a used car. However, even with this, a professional mechanic should have a comprehensive check and review of the car before you buy it.
Ian Paul Byamugisha a.k.a paulothewriter is a Writer / Author, blogger, Music Critic, Tech Geek and a petrol-head.
A couple of free short stories later, he is currently working on his debut novel titled KIMANI. Besides writing, he works as a Support & Implementation engineer for a tech firm.