This is a very rare sight these days. Over 300,000 miles on a 2001 Mercedes S500, 220 Chassis.
The first thing we always think about when buying a used car is the mileage. With selling used cars as a side business, we have always brought in vehicle with at least 120,000 or a bit more miles. When we get these cars we expect to have to do some repairs, whether it be a timing belt job, gaskets, spark plugs, brakes, suspension work. But once these large maintenance items have been completed, the cars are good for another long haul.
I always hear people say cars are not build like they used to be. Now we have body panels with “crumple zones” to cushion the impact in order to save the passengers. That is a huge difference. No longer can we take a hammer and get rid of the dent in our fenders like I could my old 1985 Volvo 240 DL wagon.
We have many customers keeping their cars longer. By keeping up with maintenance we are seeing the longevity shine in these “newer models.” Remember, the older cars needed constant adjustments, carburetor work, valve adjustments, wheel bearing adjustments, etc. These newer cars may go on for almost 100,000 miles before needed big work. But once that is done, the vehicles are ready for the next long journey.
If you are shopping for a used car. Don’t be terrified by mileage. As long as the vehicle has good mechanical history, seems well maintained, and you have an unbiased third party inspection to make sure your purchase is a choice! Remember, a car with 90,000 miles may be due for a Major Service, but one with 130,000 has already had all the expensive work recently done!