Have you ever been in the market for a used car and wondered, “How much do miles really matter?” If you have, you’re not alone. The relative importance of low miles has been debated in car buying circles for a long time. Probably beginning with that time Henry Ford sold a Model T with 6,000 miles on it to his brother-in-law for full price. Just kidding.
If you listened to the car philosophers argue, you’d find there are two schools of thought: Low Mileage Matters and Mileage Is Just a Number.
Let’s start with the Pro Low group.
According to the experts, Low Mileage Matters because miles are a measurable way to quantify a car’s wear and tear. Just like people, cars tend to break down as they get used more and more over time. Lower mileage means components and parts should last longer before failing. Oil leaks are more common when a car hits that six-figure mark, and transmissions are known to break down after they’ve traveled a certain number of miles. Just like I break down when I try to run more than two miles at a time.
Fewer miles on the odometer is correlated with fewer repairs over a lifetime of vehicle ownership. This is especially relevant to anyone interested in re-selling or trading in their car someday: for better or worse, cars with lower miles on them are definitely worth more than their high-mile counterparts.
Now let’s hear from the low-mileage skeptics.
One common counter-argument from the Mileage Is Just A Number camp goes like this: there’s a chance that some older cars with low miles on them might not run very well, because cars are designed to be driven regularly. Put another way, a consistent exercise regimen is important for everyone, cars included. So if there’s a ‘67 Corvette Stingray sitting in your garage that you’ve never dared to take out for a spin, now might be a good time to start.
But best of all, if you see valid points points being made by both sides of the debate, you’re in luck.
Here’s why Vroom gives you the best of both worlds:
Nearly all of the cars we sell have low miles. More than 80% of the cars for sale on Vroom are less than three-years old. The remainder are vehicles that we’ve thoroughly checked out and are supremely confident will run and run for years to come.
Even low-mileage skeptics will admit that low miles on relatively new cars are a very good thing. And as for price, you don’t have to worry—because Vroom cuts out the middleman and sells directly to customers, our cars cost 8% less than market value on average. Our philosophy is simple: Sell late-model cars with low miles for less cost.
We think everybody can agree that’s a win-win-win.