For many car owners, once a vehicle turns over 100,000 on the odometer, the cost of repairs and visible wear and tear may instigate the search for a newer model. But not all cars are ready to retire when they reach six digits. In fact, they may just be getting started. With proper maintenance, a ten year old high-end vehicle can offer the same (or more!) comfort and prestige as a brand new lower-end make.
Serious Engineering Can Mean Serious Distance
Luxury automakers use high quality engineering, technology, parts, and paint. These mechanics and materials last longer than more budget-minded alternatives. Average driving and regular maintenance on a vehicle with superior engineering and parts often means a driver can enjoy a car that runs and looks great many years into the future.
(And maybe we’re bias, but a BMW or Mercedes, even with a few years on it, carries more clout than a lower-end vehicle straight off the showroom floor.)
The Same Goes for Buying a Used Vehicle
For drivers who’ve always wanted a top make car but never thought they could afford one, buying a well-cared-for used luxury vehicle (even with high miles) may be the answer. CARCHEX gives this example: a 2007 Audi A8 with just over 100,000 miles on it generally sells for between $15,000 and $20,000–that’s significantly less than a new model, which costs over $75,000 and less than many less expensive makes.
If a car has high miles, it’s smart to carefully examine the paint and interior. If they look good, it’s a strong indicator that the owner took good care of the vehicle. Then, bring the car to Aardvark Automotive for a pre-purchase inspection. We can determine the condition of the vehicle beyond what meets the eye.