How Many Miles Should Your Used Car Purchase Have?

You've decided it's time to find your next car. Great! The car-buying process is an exciting time, and at Ray Price Ford Stroud, it's our goal to get you behind the wheel of your next vehicle. When you visit us, you'll find a lot filled with used cars and certified pre-owned options.

Our ever-changing inventory features numerous makes and models. Whether you're searching for that perfect car for a family of five or a luxury car with special features, our team will guide you to the car fit for you. Still, you may be wondering just how many miles should be on a used car when you're looking to buy. This educational guide can be of assistance throughout the buying process.

Your Friend: The Vehicle Inspection History Report

Generally speaking, a used car with about 12,000-15,000 miles per year on it is considered average. Consider cars that are three years old with about 40,000 miles on them, or cars five years old with about 60,000 miles on them. Thankfully, vehicle inspection reports exist to provide critical information.

Before continuing, ask the dealer to see the vehicle history report from trusted providers, such as CARFAX® or AutoCheck®. These resources give prospective car buyers a chance to look at a report for a car currently on a dealer's lot, with the information easily accessible online.

The vehicle history report provides service records, title information, odometer readings, and accident history, so you can learn about the vehicle and what it has been through. This information lets you know how many owners the car has had, when it was serviced, and how often it's been driven. Of course, as a buyer, you may also be considering a certified pre-owned vehicle, too.

Certified Pre-Owned Cars & Mileage

Browsing certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles is a good way to ensure the car you decide on has many more miles to go. That's because CPOs must meet strict guidelines set out by the manufacturer in order to be considered for the program.

For example, to become a Ford-certified pre-owned vehicle, cars must be less than six years old and have fewer than 80,000 miles on them. They also must pass a 172-point inspection, which includes a comprehensive road test, inspection of exterior and interior features, and frame and diagnostic check.

Certified pre-owned benefits include:

  • 172-point inspection
  • 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty coverage1
  • 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty coverage1
  • Complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance

When buying a certified pre-owned vehicle, the CARFAX® vehicle history report is always made available, so you can see the history of the car and know everything about it before buying.

Used Car Financing Available

Once you find the car that's right for you, our financing department will discuss payment options with you. We're committed to helping with your loan and lease terms, so you get to drive a used or certified pre-owned car you love.

For more information, visit our online financing center, where you can find resources, including Ford's finance application. If you have any questions about the application process, just give us a call.

Come See Our Inventory Today

If you've taken a look at our used and certified pre-owned inventory and there's a vehicle you can picture yourself in, don't hesitate. Our inventory is always changing, and you don't want to miss out on what could be the perfect ride.

We hope this guide has helped drivers in Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Easton, Nazareth and Lehigh Valley areas learn more about what to look for in a used or certified pre-owned car, truck, or SUV. Schedule a test drive with us today!


1 See your dealer for warranty coverage details.

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