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What do you drive?
That's actually really interesting, and makes sense if you think about it. Thanks for sharing. Big Grin
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(June 19th, 2018 at 7:09 AM)Darth-Apple Wrote: Believe it or not, cars with a lot of mileage aren't necessarily bad. I worked for a car dealership for about a year and a half and I've seen just about everything. But cars, to be honest, need to be used. If they sit, there's a lot of corrosion internally that happens just as a by-product of use. And the majority of engine wear occurs at startup as well. Once it is up to temperature, the wear significantly decreases.

So cars with 200K miles in a five year span might actually be in better condition than a car that has 100K miles over 10 years. I've never really felt a need to shy away from high mileage cars from that reason.

The biggest issue high mileage cars have is with the piston rings. They wear and the engines start burning oil. I had a corolla with 200K miles on it, ran like a champ and nothing could destroy that thing (even took it offroading just for the hell of it, was a dumb idea but it was fun nevertheless). Only issue? It burned oil, and a lot of it. Tongue

There's a lot that goes into finding a good car that's in great condition, but miles, contrary to popular belief, aren't everything. In fact it can be quite misleading on the condition of the car. A well taken care-of car that is driven quite frequently can have hundreds of thousands of miles and still be in good condition if those miles are highway miles, it's driven a lot, and it's well taken care of. I had someone bring in a Kia Soul with 170K miles in a three year span (business car), and while we couldn't offer much because nobody would likely buy the thing, it actually was in far better condition than many cars with only 75K miles.

This is true and I especially believe it to be true for older cars. I put my VW in a lot of shows and it bums me out to see so many working cars pulled in on trailers. Trailer queens. Cars are meant to be driven and it's such a special thing to see old cars on the road.
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