Who Buys High Mileage Cars?

If your car has got a high mileage, where's the best place to sell it? Car-Worth walks you through the options.

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What Is High Mileage For A Car?

When the time comes to sell your used car, there’s factors affecting its worth to consider besides the condition.

Even if a car has been perfectly maintained, every mile you’ve driven has unfortunately depreciated its value since it’s been purchased and the more distance you’ve driven the more that value falls.

The average driver goes about 12,000 miles a year. So, a two year old car that’s already gone 40,000 miles may be shaping up to be a high mileage car by the time it’s put up for sale.

But what is a high mileage car in the used market?

A high mileage car is most often a car with at least 100,000 miles on it. Cars with over 100,000 miles, even if they’ve been well maintained, will begin to require pricey high mileage maintenance.

At this mileage certain important systems are more likely to wear out as well, such as your brakes, exhaust system, or steering.

Who Buys High Mileage Cars?

Knowing the additional maintenance and risks involved in owning a high mileage car, you may be wondering who buys high mileage cars.

While it is possible to sell privately to another individual, used car shoppers are advised away from high mileage cars due to the risk of a costly repair down the road.

What options does this leave for a quick sale that gets you the most for your vehicle?

  • Dealerships: If you’re in the market for a new car after selling the one you’ve got, you may be looking into trading in at your dealership.

The amount you receive on a trade-in is influenced by if your car can go onto the dealership’s used lot for sale. If not, they’ll be selling it for parts and giving you some of what’s made for it. You may also have to pay to have your car towed to the dealership!

Unless you’ve got a newer car in great shape, trading in won’t get you what you deserve for your used car.

  • Junkyards: Junkyards are a direct way to sell a high maintenance car that isn’t able or likely to be driven anymore.

At a junkyard, your car will be valued based on what can be earned back selling the individual parts of the car.

Selling with a junkyard can be risky, so if going this route research well. Never sell a car without ensuring your title has been transferred, and always consider the cost of towing your car.

  • Online: There are a number of sites online where you can sell high mileage cars. As with junkyards, not all of these sites are reputable and may have hidden fees.

Online car sites allow you to complete transactions from the comfort of your home. There’s no need to worry about taking your car in for an inspection; just do it from your couch on your own time.

To sell your car quickly and safely, head over to Car-Worth for a fast and free quote.

How To Sell A High Mileage Car

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By far, the best way to sell a high mileage car is online. Using a trusted site like Car-Worth allows you to skip the hassle of bringing your car in for a mechanic or paying the price of towing for a dealership or junkyard.

You can sell your car on your time — get a quote any time of day and make your sale when you feel ready.

The fastest and safest way to sell high mileage cars is with Car-Worth! Car-Worth makes it easy as 1,2,3.

Step 1: Get your free quote using our website. Simply enter some basic information about your car and you’ll receive a free and guaranteed quote within 90 seconds.

The cost of towing is on us, so you’ll never have to worry about hidden or additional fees taking away from what you make from your car.

Step 2: Schedule your pickup within 24-48 hours! If you’re happy with your quote, you’ll be ready to schedule your free pickup.

One of our trusted drivers will come to you on your schedule.  Towing is always on us.

Step 3: Completing your sale is easy. After a quick inspection and transferring your title, you’ll receive the amount you were quoted, no haggling or fuss.

In just a day you could have cash in your hand and space in your driveway for a new car!

What mileage is too high for a used car?

100,000 miles is generally the point at which a car is considered high mileage. Even if a car has been well-maintained, 100,000 miles of natural wear and tear will do its damage.

After 100,000 miles, different inspections and maintenance are required that can be pricey. Different oil may be recommended for oil changes.

These additional maintenance fees can be discouraging for potential buyers, and are worth considering if you’re in the market for a used car yourself.

Is it hard to sell a car with 100k miles?

It depends on where you’re selling! Finding a private buyer may prove challenging, as used car buyers are steered away from high mileage vehicles.

Trading in at a dealership is an option, but you wouldn’t be receiving the full value of your car. Luckily, selling your high mileage car with Car-Worth is always easy!

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