It seems obvious, right? Used cars with lower mileage must be better than those with higher mileage. Not so fast! That can be true in some cases, but there are plenty of instances where a few more miles on a used RAM 1500 or Dodge Dart could actually be better.

Used Cars: High Mileage vs. Low Mileage

So how do you know whether high mileage or low mileage is better for that used Jeep® SUV or Chrysler minivan?

  • Consider Depreciation: Lower mileage can mean faster depreciation, especially in recent model years. If that’s important to you, consider a higher mileage pre-owned model.


  • A Driven Vehicle: A lower mileage used car means less wear and tear, but in an older vehicle it could also mean disuse. Not being driven enough can damage a car’s parts, so be sure to keep this in mind when you’re searching!


  • Plan for the Future: If you want to re-sell your vehicle in a few years, then a lower mileage vehicle might give you a greater resale value. Planning to drive your new used car into the ground? A lower mileage model might give you more miles until that happens, but one with higher mileage could be a better value at the start.


  • Vehicle Condition: The most important thing is to consider the overall condition of the vehicle. A low mileage car, truck, or SUV that isn’t in great condition could be a worse bet than one that’s had more miles, but also more care, over the years.

Used Cars near Hickory, NC

The best measure of a used car is its quality and condition, and you can count on finding high quality and good condition at our RAM, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep® dealership. Hickory, NC drivers can find the right used vehicle and the right mileage at John Greene Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.