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Picking a Car: How Many Miles Can It Go?

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Hey there! I recently bought a new EV car, and after a few months, we faced a battery issue. It got me thinking about how long cars can last and which types endure the longest. So, in this article, I’ll dive into the world of long-lasting cars.

Exploring Used Cars

Wondering how much mileage is too much for a used car? While there’s no magic number, experts suggest around 200,000 miles as a good upper limit. Beyond this, even the best cars might start showing signs of wear.

Tips for Buying an Older Car

Regular Service and Major Fixes

Start by getting a history report — it’s like a report card for cars, revealing everything from previous owners to accidents. Carfax report is one of the options.

Considering the Make and Model

Research is key. Some brands and models shine, while others may have issues. According to Consumer Reports, Asian cars, especially Japanese and Korean ones, are often the most reliable.

Checking Warranty Coverage

Certain car companies offer extensive warranties, like Mitsubishi’s 2-Year/30,000-Mile Limited Maintenance and 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.

What to Look for in a Used Car

Long-Lasting Cars

A study by found that, on average, only about 11.8% of cars reach 250,000 miles. Here are some troopers in various categories:

Pickup Trucks:

  • Toyota Tundra
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Toyota TacomaSedans:
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Honda Accord


  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Chevrolet Suburban

Toyota leads the pack, excelling in sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks. Toyota and Honda are widely regarded as the most reliable cars globally.

Why Opt for a Used Car

Thinking a car is done for at 100,000 miles is outdated. Thanks to technology and proper care, modern cars can go well beyond that without major issues. Older cars, if well-maintained, can stick around for a long time. Choosing a used car from these reliable models offers a trustworthy ride without breaking the bank.
Now I’m contemplating whether I should go for an old but dependable Toyota or stick with my EV that might not have a long lifespan.