This car odometer is about to hit 100,000 miles.

Cars Over 100,000 Miles: Are They Worth It?

While shopping for used cars, you’re sure to see low-mileage vehicles favored in advertisements, as if high-mileage vehicles aren’t worth consideration. Online and around town, buyers tend to shy away from high-mileage vehicles on the grounds of their mileage alone.

This is unfortunate, because plenty of cars over 100,000 miles have a lot of life left in them. On the other hand, plenty don’t. To find out whether the high-mileage vehicle you’re considering is a worthwhile option, check out the following.

It’s Just a Number

“100,000” isn’t some magical demarcation line between “old reliable” and “could die any day.” Today’s cars are lasting longer than ever before. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation calculated that the average American car was 11.6 years in 2016 — the highest it’s been since record-keeping started in 1995.

Considering that U.S. residents drove a record number of miles in 2016, according to NPR, it’s safe to assume that many of these vehicles are either pushing the 100,000-mile mark or well over it.

Pros and Cons of High-Mileage Vehicles

Perhaps the best thing about a high-mileage vehicle is that it already has a proven track record. Because it’s run over 100,000 miles without major issues, chances of it running another 100,000 are pretty good.

There are a couple of caveats, though, such as not knowing if it’s been regularly maintained or if the last owner was the first, second or fifth owner. Comprehensive vehicle history reports may contain most of this information, and an objective inspection should reveal any real problems if you’re considering a high-mileage vehicle.

Take a look around, ask friends and family and you’ll find plenty of examples of reliable automobiles with 100,000, 250,000 and even 500,000 miles on them. Diesel work trucks regularly run upward of 500,000 miles, often doubling that before needing a rebuild.

There’s plenty of proof out there that you can widen your used-car search to older, perhaps out-of-style, but equally reliable vehicles over 100,000 miles.

Check out all the maintenance parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on cars over 100,000 miles, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Benjamin Jerew

Ben has been taking things apart since he was 5, and putting them back together again since he was 8. After dabbling in DIY repairs at home and on the farm, he found his calling in the CGCC Automobile Repair program. After he held his ASE CMAT for 10 years, Ben decided he needed a change. Now, he writes on automotive topics across the web and around the world, including new automotive technology, transportation legislation, emissions, fuel economy and auto repair.

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