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Buying a used car or van is a huge investment, especially if you might be relying on the vehicle for work. It's important to choose a vehicle which meets your budget and requirements, but ideally still has a lot of life left in it.
Most people look at mileage as the number one gauge of how much wear and tear a used vehicle has taken. Cars which have clocked up a hefty mileage already often sell for less, because they're seen as being 'more' used than cars with lower mileages. Today we're asking: is mileage really all it's cracked up to be?
The truth is that these days, cars and vans are built incredibly well, and many can rack up a huge number of miles during their lifespan without breaking a sweat. You should always take into consideration the model of car or van you're looking at before judging its mileage too harshly; some vans, for example the Ford Transit, are known for their durability and can easily reach 200,000 miles and more.
A vehicle that's been well looked after, and most importantly, handled well on the roads, can easily take on more miles than a vehicle that's been raced around corners. Looking out for signs of wear and tear on the tyres and asking your dealer for the vehicle's history and previous owner will often likely tell you more than a simple mileage figure.
Finally, always consider how much you'll be using the car or van, too. If you're buying a used van for a business which has you driving throughout the day from customer to customer, you'll probably rack up a huge number of miles yourself, and therefore minimising mileage on your used vehicle is quite important. If you're just buying a motor to get you from A to B at the weekends, it needn't be your top priority.